You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Producers Want Film Left Out of Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy Sale

The producers of “Hotel Mumbai” don’t want to be mixed up in the Weinstein Company bankruptcy.

The upcoming thriller stars Armie Hammer and Dev Patel, and centers on a group of 2008 terrorist attacks by Islamic radicals that left more than 160 people dead. Rights to the movie are being included in an asset sale by the Weinstein Company after the indie studio filed for bankruptcy last month.

However, in legal filings, the producers of the film, known as Hotel Mumbai Pty Ltd., claim that they rescinded their license with the Weinstein Company after news broke that its co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, had been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting dozens of women.

“‘Hotel Mumbai’s’ biggest concern is preserving the Picture’s value and honoring its subject matter as best as possible, especially in light of the recently-revealed devastating and horrific allegations regarding Harvey Weinstein’s long history of sexual abuse and rape, among other things, and the impact Mr. Weinstein’s conduct has had on the previously stellar reputation of TWC and on TWC’s ability to operate its business,” the filing reads.

Maura J. Wogan, an attorney for the producers, wrote a Feb. 14 letter to Weinstein Company COO David Glasser rescinding the rights and citing the Weinstein allegations as sufficient cause for termination. She stated that if the producers had been aware of the claims, they never would have partnered with the studio. Glasser, who was fired four days after receiving the letter, wrote back to say he would have a response within a week, but the plaintiffs claim that no further communication took place.

In addition, the producers say that in return for licensing “Hotel Mumbai,” the Weinstein Company agreed to spend $10 million to promote and advertise it, and committed to releasing the movie in theaters 12 months after they received a finished film. “Hotel Mumbai” will be completed on April 30, and was originally eyeing a release in September or October.

The producers claim that they have received no assurances that any company that buys the Weinstein Company will be able to meet those requirements. Dallas-based investment firm Lantern Capital has entered into a “stalking horse” agreement to buy all of the studio’s assets. In bankruptcy, the stalking horse bidder submits an initial bid, so the distressed company can ensure that their assets aren’t the subject of an artificially low sales price. The “Hotel Mumbai” producers say they have received no assurances that Lantern Capital, which has no direct experience releasing films, can meet the deal terms.

“The Picture is a highly anticipated film and is expected to be widely successful internationally,” the filing reads. “The Picture has special meaning to India in particular given the subject of the film.”

Susan Seflin, an attorney for the producers, declined to comment. She also would not say who specifically had hired her — there are several producers listed on the film. The objections were raised in anticipation of an April 6 hearing on the Weinstein Company bankruptcy. “Hotel Mumbai” is one of several unreleased films expected to be included in the sale — it joins “The Current War,” a historical drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and “The Upside,” a comedy with Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

More Film

  • Miramax Developing 'I Won't Be Home

    Film News Roundup: Miramax Developing 'I Won't Be Home for Christmas'

    In today’s film news roundup, “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” is in the works, the NFL has made a documentary about female team owners and D Street Pictures has signed Kenny Gage and Devon Downs to direct the dance feature “Move.” HOLIDAY PROJECT Miramax has acquired film rights to Lauren Iungerich’s holiday-themed screenplay “I [...]

  • Michael B. Jordan arrives at the

    Michael B. Jordan to Star in Warner Bros.' 'Methuselah' Movie

    Michael B. Jordan will produce and star in a “Methuselah” movie for Warner Bros., based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old. Jordan will produce through his Outlier Society production company along with Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford. Warner Bros. has been developing the project for many [...]

  • Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping

    Davids Chief Piera Detassis on Revamping Italy's Top Film Awards

    Piera Detassis recently became the first woman to head the David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars. Since then she’s been busy overhauling the inner workings of the prizes that will be awarded on Wednesday. Detassis, also the editor of Italian film publication Ciak, spoke exclusively to Variety about the challenges she’s faced [...]

  • Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards

    Matteo Garrone's 'Dogman' Leads Davids Awards Race

    With 15 nominations Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman” leads the pack of contenders for Italy’s David di Donatello Awards in a watershed year for the country’s top film nods that sees highbrow auteur titles reaping most of the David love just as local box-office grosses hit an all-time low. Garrone’s gritty revenge drama is followed closely with [...]

  • steven spielberg Apple TV Plus

    Steven Spielberg's Apple Appearance Riles Up Social Media: 'Big Old Mixed Message'

    Many Hollywood heavyweights flocked to Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters to help reveal the tech giant’s revamped steaming service Apple TV+ on Monday — but one such legend was so polarizing he became a national trending topic on Twitter for simply showing his face. Steven Spielberg was the first to appear in a dramatic short film [...]

  • Michael Lynne

    Former New Line Co-Chairman Michael Lynne Dies at 77

    Michael Lynne, the former co-chairman of New Line Cinema who played a key role in shepherding “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died at his New York home. He was 77. Lynne’s death was confirmed Monday by longtime business partner Robert Shaye, who told Variety that Lynne’s family had informed him of Lynne’s passing [...]

  • Marisa Liston

    Sony Veteran Marisa Liston to Lead Lionsgate Movie Publicity

    Lionsgate has named Sony Pictures veteran executive Marisa Liston to lead all feature film and motion picture group publicity and communications strategy. Liston, who departed Sony in late 2018 after 17 years, has been assigned the newly created title of head of global earned media and communications. She will oversee domestic and international feature film [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content