I don’t know if there’s a name for it, but it’s a common phenomenon in Hollywood that a studio head or development exec will buy a pitch or greenlight a project; then that exec will resign or get fired, and the guy that takes his place will either fail to promote his predecessor’s projects to make himself look better by comparison, or just sh*tcan them altogether depending on what stage of development they’re in. It can be positive and negative. But I’m starting to like new Disney chief Rich Ross, who at least in this case seems to be using his powers for good.
Less than a month after beaching “Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” new Walt Disney chief Rich Ross has put the kibosh on “Wedding Banned,” a romantic comedy to have starred Robin Williams, Anna Faris and Diane Keaton.
“Banned” revolves around a long-divorced couple (Williams and Keaton) who kidnap their daughter (Faris) on her wedding day to prevent her from making the same mistakes they did. The parents rekindle their relationship as they elude cops and the angry groom.
The movie was being groomed for a shoot next year, but Ross made the decision to untether the project. The decision took some by surprise since “Banned” seemed to be in the mold of such other studio hit comedies as “The Proposal” and “Wild Hogs.” One factor in the decision was the poor showing of another Disney comedy starring Williams, “Old Dogs,” which has grossed $35 million since its Nov. 25 opening. [THR]
I don’t want to give Ross too much credit, because anyone who thought this movie was a good idea deserves to be trampled to death by wildebeests. Too bad for Robin Williams, he must be taking this news like a golf ball to the nuts. (*RECORD SCRATCH*)