It looks like the Academy is turning over the reins to Brett Ratner completely for February’s Oscar telecast. It has been rumored for weeks that Ratner was doing his best to shake things up behind the scenes—and perhaps ruffling a few feathers in the process—but Ratner talked more specifically this weekend about his plans. On Sunday, Ratner told the Los Angeles Times’ Nicole Sperling that he was focusing on comedy and has hired his own writers, including scribes Jeff Nathanson and Ted Griffin from Ratner’s latest release “Tower Heist” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Alec Berg and David Mandel.
“I’m new to this and I wanted to feel comfortable, since I have to drive this whole thing. So I brought in guys that I have a personal relationship with and I’ve worked with before,” Ratner told the L.A. Times.
Whether or not the Academy told Oscar-ceremony stalwart Bruce Vilanch that his services would not be required this season is a little less clear. When The Wrap’s Steve Pond asked Vilanch today via email if he would be writing for the show, he replied, “Guess not.”