In the wake of an explosive report of sexual harassment and assault that has all-but destroyed Harvey Weinstein's career and reputation, Amazon is considering cancelling a £120 million project that was set to feature both Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, so as to distance itself from the mounting controversy.
As reported by Hollywood Reporter, several Amazon Studios executives, both male and female, have expressed concern about the company's involvement with two expensive and high-profile Weinstein Co. series after news broke of a legacy of abuse and bullying that spanned decades.
The two series in question are The Romanoffs from Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, and an as-yet untitled drama from David O. Russell that's set to star De Niro, who is currently filming Scorsese's The Irishman.
Despite Weinstein committing to co-financing both projects, it's believed that no money has yet been put up by his (now former) company.
Asked for comment by Hollywood Reporter, Craig Berman, vp communications at Amazon Entertainment, said in a statement, "We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co."
It's believed that Amazon and Weinstein's close working relationship played a large factor in the planned two-season project getting the green light, and despite being some way off production, while Amazon has reportedly already ploughed £30 million into the show.
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