Warner Bros. Cuts Ties with Brett Ratner, Declines to Renew $450M Co-Financing Deal

     April 13, 2018

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Brett Ratner is officially out of the Warner Bros. business. While the much-maligned X-Men: The Last Stand and Rush Hour filmmaker doesn’t actually do a ton of directing nowadays (his last film was 2014’s wholly forgettable Hercules), he’s incredibly prolific as a producer and his RatPac-Dune Entertainment company had enjoyed a co-financing agreement with Warner Bros. for years, covering up to 75 movies. In the wake of extremely disturbing accusations of sexual misconduct and/or sexual assault from several women, the LA Times reports that WB will not renew its $450 million co-financing agreement with Ratner.

That means that Rampage, which opens this weekend, will be the final film under the RatPac-Dune/WB deal, and indeed last year rumors swirled that Gal Gadot was refusing to return for Wonder Woman 2 if Ratner was associated with the film in any way. Indeed, RatPac-Dune has actually been a major partner for most of Warner Bros.’ blockbusters since striking a deal in 2013, including The Revenant, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Dunkirk. The co-financing deal came about after Legendary parted ways with Warner Bros. and the studio was looking for partners.

While rumors of Ratner’s disgusting behavior had circulated for years, The LA Times reported in November that six women had accused Ratner of a range of acts of sexual misconduct, including Olivia Munn—who had gone public with her story years before—and Natasha Henstridge. At that time WB began distancing itself from the filmmaker, and it became pretty clear the studio probably wouldn’t renew the RatPac-Dune deal. WB even went so far as to remove Ratner as a producer on its upcoming adaptation of The Goldfinch, and Playboy Enterprises canceled plans to team with Ratner on a Hugh Hefner biopic for which Jared Leto was attached to star.

It’ll be interesting to see if Warner Bros. seeks out a new co-financing partner, and who that might be. As for Ratner, good riddance.

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