Sources say producer lacked passion for '70s'

Producer Lynda Obst has bowed out of the NBC miniseries “The ’70s,” but Denise Di Novi (“Message in a Bottle”) has stepped into her shoes.

Sources say Obst, who produced NBC’s successful February mini “The ’60s,” decided not to do the followup mini because she didn’t feel as passionate about the decade that followed the ’60s.

Di Novi has produced such films as “Heathers,” “Little Women,” “Practical Magic” and “Message in a Bottle.” She also headed Tim Burton Prods., which has produced such films as “Batman Returns,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood” and “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

The four-hour NBC mini “The ’70s” will focus on Watergate, the rise of feminism, disco fever and the emergence of yuppies. It’s slated to air next season.

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