Paul Greengrass Parts Ways With DreamWorks’ ‘Chicago 7’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paul Greengrass departs Chicago 7

Studio and director were unable to agree on a budget

After spending the last few weeks trying to decide on what the cost of DreamWorks’ “The Trial of the Chicago 7” would be, the production company and director Paul Greengrass have decided to part ways after being unable to agree on the budget.

As Variety first reported last week, DreamWorks was asking for a budget of around $30 million and sources familiar with the project say that Greengrass turned in a budget on Monday that was closer to $40 million — more than the studio is willing to pay.

Greengrass will now look to find his next project which shouldn’t be too difficult given the buzz on his action pic “Captain Phillips” that Sony is releasing on Oct. 11.

As for DreamWorks, the studio will now regroup to figure out how to make the picture at the price it wanted with a new director. Since it’s a period piece and would need to recreate the 1968 riots, costs could be higher than originally anticipated.

DreamWorks is still very much interested in making the film with several insiders saying that Aaron Sorkin has delivered a fantastic script. Scott Rudin is currently on as a producer.

Greengrass is repped by CAA.

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  1. cadavra says:

    It will probably end up costing a lot less. Like so many of these ADD directors, Greengrass’ films cost so much because he shoots hundreds of hours of footage and then spends months in the editing room sorting through it all trying to find the movie that’s in there somewhere, and then having teams of editors working ’round the clock to cut all those six-frame shots. If Eastwood directed this, it would cost $12 million, tops.

  2. o.o The hairs on my neck just stood up. Sorkin and Rudin together on a project like this?! They better get Barry Sonnenfeld or someone to direct. Otherwise if they get one of those emo bastiches then this will be too heavy. :P I’m thinking West Wing meets The Addams Family or Clueless. You try and lean too heavy on The Firm side and someone might end up with a sniper on their butt. =/ I mean you have to remember it wasn’t all law students. The main guys remembered were responsible for inviting early Heavy Metal forbearers MC5 to party at a rally on one end (Hoffman) and on the other end (Bobby Seale) responsible for telling the police officers that they knew their legal rights. All of this while Pigasus was flying like something off a later Pink Floyd record and judges were being told they’re out of order like Al Pacino going off in a movie. More or less it was an entire trial version of the scene in Lethal Weapon 2 where Joe Pesci and Danny Glover distract the South Africans at the embassy. Of which all the deep pockets today with law degrees would like to lay claim to but in reality know that they’re really just Dean Wormer’s ass-kissers from Animal House or the jocks trashing the Tri-Lambs fraternity in Revenge of the Nerds. Even the dad on Fresh Prince when I was growing up needed some motivation in order to get angry after having been living it up in luxury for years.

  3. Rafael Sanchez says:

    Hopefully, his going away gift was a tripod and an instruction manual.

  4. Joli says:

    OMG Why , Dreamworks will end up with more on the budget than Paul Greengrass was asking, foolish.

  5. Glenn C. says:

    You get what you pay for. DW will end up finding out anyway! that they will need to spend more for this. Then Greengrass will not be around any more. Someone at DW better get more in tuned with their budgets! They never learn!

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