Things just keep getting worse and worse for the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Fired in the company he helped found, on the edge of divorce, and ejected from the motion picture academy, Weinstein himself advised the paparazzi he was “not performing OK.”
All of the time, story after story surfaces of girls who claim he made a proposition to them, assaulted them, or chased them about hotel rooms naked — and now that the floodgates are opened, they don’t seem to be closing anytime soon.
However, Weinstein’s personal misconduct might have a devastating impact on the company as well.
“Numerous sources both inside and outside the company paint a dire picture of a business in extreme limbo, as Bob Weinstein and Glasser struggled doggedly to keep things together and prevent a flood of pink slips. While litigation is certain to dictate the specifics of the company’s future, the immediate tasks of operating a company — developing scripts, booking theaters, creating marketing materials — are increasingly fraught.
The financial and production communities are following the fast-moving developments with a mix of shock, dismay, and bafflement. Clarity is definitely in short supply. “Waiting to see what the future is going to look like over there,” said one producer who is in business with TWC. “We don’t know yet who knew what when and I assume that’s going to impact everything.”
And it’s only going to get worse, because it will not only be Weinstein’s company that suffers. Weinstein money is tied up in ventures being chased by Michael Moore, Quentin Tarantino, and Broadway’s latest rising star, Lin Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”):
“That includes In The Heights book writer Quiara Alegria Hudes and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hudes today Tweeted a desire to see the musical extricated from TWC, and Miranda re-tweeted it. Truth be told, that long-gestating project will revert back to its authors in a few months, but they are hardly the only talent in town turning in a vote of no confidence in the wake of the staggering events of the last week. […]
In Cannes last spring, TWC announced Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore’s sequel to the all-time highest grossing documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11. The new film, about the election of Donald Trump, was expected to open next month. A theatrical release was possible, but at a buyers screening at Cannes, HBO and Amazon were among the outlets mulling a combination of a limited theatrical and an event broadcast window.
Just as important is Quentin Tarantino’s movie on the Charles Manson murders. Tarantino has made his movies with Harvey and Bob Weinstein through his career. With the brothers in a bitter feud, who does he side with, or does he bypass the feud and make the movie elsewhere?”
Who else will be stung by the fall of Harvey Weinstein — whose company is currently likely worth a fraction of the $700 million net value he maintained in 2016? Only time will tell.