Sony Pictures is considering moving the release date of “All the Money in the World” and is weighing canceling its American Film Institute premiere next week, according to insiders. The studio is still debating how to best position the Ridley Scott drama in the wake of multiple sexual assault and harassment allegations against its star Kevin Spacey.
A final decision has yet to be made. If “All the Money in the World’s” premiere is moved, there is a good chance it will be released in June 2018 instead of its current Dec. 22, 2017 release date. The film, which centers on the kidnapping of billionaire J. Paul Getty’s grandson in Italy and the efforts to recover him, was originally being positioned as an awards candidate with Spacey’s performance as Getty believed to be its best chance for an Oscar nomination. In the wake of the allegations, Spacey has become so toxic that the studio has abandoned an awards campaign for the actor.
“All the Money in the World” is scheduled to round out AFI Fest as its closing night selection. The event is to take place on Thursday, Nov. 16 in tandem with a tribute to director Ridley Scott. Scott, who produced and directed the picture, has urged the studio to cancel the AFI premiere, according to one insider. Other producers on the $40 million film disagree and believe the studio should move forward with the planned roll out. A spokesman for Scott did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The debate comes after a week of swift and decisive actions taken against the two-time Oscar-winning actor. Netflix first suspended production of the sixth and final season of “House of Cards,” and later suspended Spacey himself after eight employees of the series came forward with more allegations. The streaming company announced Friday that it would not be moving forward with any version of the show that includes Spacey, and that it would also be canceling the Gore Vidal biopic “Gore,” which was set to star the actor.
Scotland Yard has also launched an investigation into an alleged incident.
Meanwhile, as Variety exclusively reported, Spacey’s planned Oscar push for Scott’s film has been shelved. But with mounting allegations, it’s unclear whether Sony and TriStar are still planning to move ahead with its Dec. 22 release, though they were in the immediate wake of actor Anthony Rapp’s initial allegation that Spacey made a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was just 14 years old.
“All the Money in the World” is not the only upcoming Getty project. FX is releasing “Trust,” a 10 part mini-series on the Getty kidnapping, in January. From Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), the series stars Hillary Swank, Brendan Fraser, and Donald Sutherland.
AFI Fest kicks off Thursday Nov. 9 with a Netflix title, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound.”