×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Paramount Fires ‘Amusement Park’ Director Over ‘Inappropriate and Unwanted Conduct’

Paramount Pictures on Tuesday fired Dylan Brown, director of the upcoming animated feature “Amusement Park,” after an investigation into complaints of “inappropriate and unwanted conduct.”

Brown, an animator who has worked on such pictures like “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo,” was making his directorial debut in the Paramount feature. The voice cast includes Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis and Jeffrey Tambor (who has been accused of sexual harassment).

“We are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace that is free of harassment or inappropriate conduct,” a Paramount spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday. “We received allegations of inappropriate and unwanted conduct by Dylan Brown in the workplace and we conducted a thorough investigation, and he is no longer employed by the company.”

The film is mostly finished, and there will not be a search for a new director. The picture is still slated for release in March 15, 2019.

Paramount did not provide specifics on the allegations. In recent months, dozens of powerful men in Hollywood have been felled by allegations of sexual harassment and other abusive behavior, increasing pressure on entertainment companies to aggressively investigate complaints.

An attorney for Brown, Andrew B. Brettler, said in a statement Tuesday evening that Brown disputed the allegations. “They are defamatory, and he is considering his legal options,” his attorney said.

A source close to the situation said Brown had been accused by multiple women on the production staff of inappropriate comments that were sexual in nature, as well as some physical interactions. Brown, according to the source, was fired two weeks ago after Paramount’s legal staff investigated the complaints.

The incidents did not involve any of the female voice actors working on the film.

 

More Film

  • UGC Distribution Closes on Mariano Cohn’s

    Ventana Sur: UGC Distribution Closes Market Hit ‘4 x 4’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    BUENOS AIRES — UGC Distribution has beaten out all other suitors to clinch what had became by Friday morning the most anticipated deal of this year’s Ventana Sur market: All rights to France on Argentine Mariano Cohn’s “4 x 4,” sold by Latido Films and distributed throughout Argentina by Disney. After mounting speculation about which [...]

  • Aquaman 2018

    Film News Roundup: 'Aquaman' Hits $152 Million at International Box Office

    In today’s film news roundup, “Aquaman” has already grossed more than $150 million outside the U.S., Michael Masini joins “Birds of Prey,” and Freestyle buys the documentary “Shamanic Trekker.” BOX OFFICE Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Aquaman” has taken in $152 million overseas in 36 markets, with $135 million of that from China, where it opened on [...]

  • 'Winter's Night' Review: Enigmatic, Offbeat Korean

    Tallinn Film Review: 'Winter's Night'

    There are thousands of films about love’s beginning, and a great many about love’s end. But far fewer deal with a relationship’s late-middle: the spreading, sluggish delta of coupledom when decades of familiarity, if they have not bred contempt, at least threaten irritation. “Winter’s Night,” Jang Woo-jin’s playfully melancholic third feature, after the acclaimed “A [...]

  • Tomasz Kot UTA

    UTA Signs ‘Cold War’ Star Tomasz Kot (EXCLUSIVE)

    UTA has signed “Cold War” star Tomasz Kot. He has appeared in more than 30 films and 26 plays as well as dozens of television series. Most recently, Kot has received award-season buzz for his starring role as Wiktor in Pawel Pawlikowski’s feature “Cold War” for Amazon. The project has earned him a nomination for [...]

  • Kenneth Branagh's 'All Is True' Opening

    Kenneth Branagh's 'All Is True' Opening Palm Springs Film Festival

    The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will open on Jan. 3 with historical drama “All Is True,” starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, and Ian McKellen. Branagh, who will be in attendance at the opening night screening, directed from Ben Elton’s script about the little-known period in the final years of William Shakespeare. Branagh [...]

  • Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies

    Actor and Activist Rodney Kageyama Dies at 77

    Actor, activist and influentials member of the Japanese American community, Rodney Kageyama, died in his sleep Dec. 9. He was 77. The SAG member was known for roles in “Karate Kid IV” with Hillary Swank, Ron Howard’s film “Gung Ho” and the spinoff sitcom, and the TV movie “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes” with Max [...]

  • Most Popular Films 2018: The Best

    9 Holiday Gift Ideas Inspired by This Year's Most Popular Films

    From superheroes to super nannies, 2018 was a year full of memorable characters — and memorable movies. Whether you’re a big film buff, an avid follower of a popular franchise, or have a couple movie fans in your life, here are nine gifts that capture the fun of some of this year’s biggest films. 1. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content