Warner Bros. is Done Working With Director Brett Ratner as They Cut Ties With Him
I've never been a fan of Brett Ratner. He's one of those directors that I always wondered why studios kept hiring him to direct movies. Now, months after several women, including Olivia Munn, accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior, Warner Bros. is finally cutting their ties with him and his RatPac Entertainment.
When the allegations surfaced, the studio already had a few films in development with Ratner but that's all coming to an end. According to LA Times, "Warner Bros. will not renew its $450-million co-financing agreement with Brett Ratner’s film funding company, cutting its remaining ties with the embattled director, who has been accused of sexual misconduct or assault by several women."
Ratner did build a pretty impressive producing empire at the studio. It was one of Warner Bros.' most important financial partnerships, as they helped fund hit films like Gravity and Wonder Woman. You obviously can't have someone like Ratner attached to a franchise that empowers women, though.
When the allegations first came to light, Ratner thought it was just a misunderstanding that would be resolved and blow over, saying:
"In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities. I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved."
That comment indicates that he thought he would come back after everything was settled, but that's definitely not the case. Warner Bros. said that he "no longer has an office on the Warner Bros.’ lot." They've also removed him from several upcoming projects that he was previously attached to.
Warner Bros. will look for additional financing elsewhere. I think it's safe to say that Brett Ratner and his Ratpac entertainment are done. Hollywood is changing and it's clear at this point that anyone who is being accused of serious sexual harassment will not be welcome.