Alright, this is long and complicated (and fascinating to read in whole so if this interests you, go have a look), but the Sony hack has done more than leaking a few movies early. It’s also leaked private emails between industry big-wigs and shed some light on just how they carry on behind-the-scenes with each other.
Let me set this one up: Producer Scott Rudin, often reported to be an absolute dick, proves himself to be just that in conversation with Sony Picture co-chairman Amy Pascal. Basically, Rudin was going to produce Jobs, a Steve Jobs biopic, and he really wanted David Fincher to direct it. However, Angelina Jolie is good friends with Fincher and had him attached to her Cleopatra, despite the fact that the script for that film hadn’t yet been written. Also, she just really didn’t want Fincher on Jobs, for some reason. Rudin had an absolute meltdown over it and things got nasty.
Here are some of the exchanges (via E! Online)
“YOU BETTER SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS,” Rudin wrote in an email in Feb. 2014. Pascal, apparently sensing a threat, didn’t respond lightly, which caused the fight to completely explode.
“Do not f–king threaten me,” she wrote. “I have been asking you to engage with me on this for weeks.”
After that, Rudin loses it completely, attacking both Pascal and Jolie.
“What the hell are you talking about? Who’s threatening you? Let me remind you I brought this material to you and I can off her from it in a phone call. Don’t for one second even think about trying this s–t with me. There is no movie of Cleopatra to be made (and how that is a bad thing given the insanity and rampaging spoiled ego of this woman and the cost of the movie is beyond me) and if you won’t tell her that you do not like the script—which, let me remind you, SHE DOESN’T EITHER—this will just spin even further out into Crazyland but let me tell you I have zero appetite for the indulgence of spoiled brats and I will tell her this myself if you don’t.”
The two Hollywood honchos go back and forth, with Pascal throwing some serious shade herself, writing, “I have asked you to talk to [Jolie] with me and you don’t want to deal with it,” among other insults, but Rudin almost ends it with his fire.
Here is an excerpt from Rudin’s lengthy email in which he refers to Jolie as a “spoiled brat”:
“I’ve told you exactly how I want to do this material. It’s the ONLY way I want to do this material. I’m not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both. I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don’t. She’s a camp event and a celebrity and that’s all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming. We will end up being the laughing stock of our industry and we will deserve it, which is so clearly where this is headed that I cannot believe we are still wasting our time with it.”
This all ended with Rudin threatening to make sure Pascal is ruined in Hollywood (and claiming that she had already destroyed herself over this very insignificant matter). Jobs is not off the ground even now and I don’t think Sony wants anything to do with it anymore. It’s all a mess.
Obviously the big takeaway people have been getting here is that Angelina got called a “spoiled brat” and basically had major shit talked on her. Is she a spoiled brat? To be honest, it sounds like that’s more like Rudin’s role. I do love the juicy drama, though – Gawker has a great round up of it all in more detail. Juicy!