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David O'Russell's Untitled Project Dead at Amazon; Cuts Ties with The Weinstein Company

14 Oct 2017

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The dead project had a 2 season series commitment at Amazon. "We hear the untitled series has received a two-season commitment in a $160 million deal. Each season will consist of eight episodes, all written and directed by Russell. Details about the show are sketchy, but we hear it is a mafia crime series."

Please read the full article on THR for more information.

Following rape and sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and the suspension of Amazon Studios head Roy Price following an allegation of harassment, Amazon has scrapped its pricey David O. Russell drama and taken over Matt Weiner's The Romanoffs.

Both shows were produced by The Weinstein Co., and the retail giant/streaming outlet has now completely cut ties with the company.

"We support Amazon’s decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show," De Niro, Moore and Russell said in a joint statement.

In a Tuesday morning meeting presided over by head of television business affairs Dan Scharf, sources say, executives said they believed Amazon should be proactive and move quickly to extricate both shows from The Weinstein Co. without harming the projects or talent relationships. Sources told THR at the time that The Weinstein Co. had not put up any money for either of the shows, despite the company having committed to co-finance both.

Production on The Romanoffs, which comes with a $75 million price tag, has been going smoothly. The first four episodes of the individual anthology show have been filmed, drawing a collection of Mad Men stars including Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. A source said Weiner's reps had conveyed to Amazon that the showrunner expected the Weinstein name to be eliminated from the series.