Joint statement from Scott Rudin and Harvey Weinstein

Posted by · 1:05 pm · September 28th, 2008

RE: “The Reader.”  And on a Sunday, no less:

We are issuing this statement together to emphasize the fact that we are in complete agreement on the date we have chosen to release “The Reader.” Working together, we developed a plan to extend the post-production schedule in order to give Stephen Daldry the additional time he needs to successfully complete the film in time to release it on December 12, 2008.

I hate that they have to clean up the gossip mess that Steven Zeitchick and The Hollywood Reporter made last week, but this is also obvious crisis management.  You can’t have the behind-the-scenes story on a film overshadow what’s on the screen.  Additionally, a public showing of solidarity is fair enough, but getting Kate Winslet on the campaign trail for this film will be take some extra elbow grease.

Also released today, from director Stephen Daldry:

On their own, Scott and Harvey spent this weekend working together to find a way to accommodate my needs so that I may fulfill my obligation to the studio without compromising my vision for the film. I am thrilled and relieved that we have all found a way forward to work together to bring ‘The Reader’ to theaters this year.

More to come, I’m sure.

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  • 1 9-28-2008 at 2:29 pm

    Mark said...

    This is a huge mistake. Rudin already has his plate full this season (not to mention Kate). Kate is in serious jeopardy of her two actress bids canceling each other out. Unless she goes supporting for Reader and lead for Road? But I have a feeling, Harvey is going to push Winslet hard for lead.

    The fall season is already full as it is. They should really just hold it back a year. The Reader seems like it’ll be a great film, but come Oscar time, completely shunned because of it’s shaky start into the campaign process (if you can call it a start).

  • 2 9-29-2008 at 6:03 am

    Ger said...

    According to LA times, Rudin was talking to Kate winslet about it, and thinks she will be onboard. I’d say if she does publicity it will be limited though

    “Rudin is hopeful of persuading “Reader” co-star Kate Winslet to support the film’s Oscar campaign. The actress has seriously divided loyalties, being the co-star of both “The Reader” and “Revolutionary Road,” a film directed by her husband, Sam Mendes, that is also expected to be a big awards season contender. “There are personal complications,” Rudin says. “But I spoke to her today about what’s going on. She’s knows this is complicated, but I think she intends to support the film.”

  • 3 9-29-2008 at 9:27 am

    Patrick said...

    It’s been a while, so I don’t know if I’m mistaken, but didn’t we go through this with The Hours also?

  • 4 9-29-2008 at 9:35 am

    Patrick W. said...

    Yes we did, and that worked out very well for Daldry and Weinstein.

    I’m still a bit perturbed by all this. In such a competitive year I really feel like Winslet is in danger of being cancelled out.

    I wonder if one of her two performances will be markedly better than the other. That would solve the issue and make it clear which was the role she has the chance for.

    But because she is so generally competent and consistent I worry she might be outstanding in both.

    Not very pleased with this at all.