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Kevin Clash Was Working On A Secret Warner Bros Film Which The Studio Has Now Buried

by Courtney
December 6, 2012 11:19 AM
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Kevin Clash

This is interesting. Kevin Clash's problems have been very-well documented by the media, so no need to regurgitate.

To get to the main story here, our friends at Vulture are reporting exclusively that Warner Bros was developing a feature film with Clash, which would have been based on a brand new character that Clash had been secretly working on for the studio over the summer and into the fall.

However, thanks to recent allegations (a 3rd accuser went public if you missed that piece of news), the WB has cut all ties with that planned feature film and the new character, and have effectively buried the project.

Here's how Vulture describes the now-defunct film:

It would have featured in “a ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ kind of movie about a kid and his stuffed animal that takes on a life of its own because of the child’s imagination..." At the time the sex scandals began to break, it was still unclear whether the Clash project was to be live action or a mix of both live action and animation, but what was certain was that the Clash project would “incorporate puppets,” per the document. Warner Bros. was especially interested in Clash’s next creation, and not just because of the nearly $50 million in annual licensing revenue (much of it from Elmo merch) that Sesame Workshop currently enjoys. It was also because “part of the inspiration” for the character in Clash’s film project was one that Warner Bros. already owns: Ralph Phillips, a schoolboy with an overactive imagination who appeared in Looney Tunes shorts like Boyhood Daze and From A to Z-Z-Z-Z, the latter of which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1954.

They add that the WB apparently was quite high on the secretive Clash project (before the allegations) that they had assigned several high-profile producers to it over the summer.

It appears that some progress had already been made, so the question is, what happens to it now? Who owns the rights to it, and can Clash possibly take the project to another studio? Would any studio want to be in the Kevin Clash business right now (and even in the future), given all that's happened?

One thing the WB is likely breathing a sigh of relief over is that, even though progress had been made, they weren't so far into the project that it would be really hard to bury it. They hadn't invested a cagillion dollars to produce it, so it's likely not a huge loss for them now. Imagine if the film was actually done, and scheduled for release, and then the accusations happened? Would the WB have still released the film, or would they have had to swallow a very bitter bill in the form of tons of money spent on CGI work, salaries, marketing, etc, and buried the prints?

Thoughts on all this?

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  • Barbara | December 6, 2012 8:58 PMReply

    Mr. Clash needs to disappear. Enough of him and his dirty laundry. He knew what he was doing when he had sex with those boys.

  • FactChecker | December 6, 2012 12:46 PMReply

    It's a sad situation all the way around. We don't know if Mr. Clash did anything wrong or not. What is most unfortunate about this entire situation is that it reeks of a Salem Witch hunt. That anyone can go to the press and make accusations about another -- particularly a high profile individual -- and ruin his life within minutes. With no substantiated evidence to prove the claims he's making. The fact that the original accuser recanted, then unrecanted should tell people who are judging Mr. Clash, a lot about where his intentions possibly lie.

  • JMac | December 6, 2012 3:19 PM

    "What is most unfortunate about this entire situation is that it reeks of a Salem Witch hunt. That anyone can go to the press and make accusations about another -- particularly a high profile individual -- and ruin his life within minutes." Hasn't this always been the case with famous people or people with money? Keep your nose clean and make sure you can prove your innocence if an unfounded claim comes your way. And don't pay settlements if the claim is false.

  • Carl | December 6, 2012 12:56 PM

    It's not a witch hunt when Clash admitted himself there was a relationship and tried to pay the first accuser off in hush hush money. Plus two other accusers came forward and Clash has not denied their claims. You need to stop making excuses for child molesters just because dude is black you sick fuck.

  • Tau Robinson | December 6, 2012 12:27 PMReply

    Isn't it weird that every time a black man is really successful some one accuses them of being a child molester. This shit need to stop.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | December 6, 2012 8:31 PM

    I agree with Carl. Stop making excuses for these sickos whether their black or not. This man was married to a beautiful educated black woman and has a daughter that is twenty. They are now being harassed because of this. Eventhough they divorced in 2003, she said she is barely coping because how would you feel if your ex is not only gay, but having sex and masturbating with young men his daughters age and younger. Just gross!!! How would he feel if someone one was having sex with his daughter. There are plenty of men his age he can have sex with and he has enough money to pay for whatever his sick interest are. Next.

  • BluTopaz | December 6, 2012 3:42 PM

    I know right! Michael/R.Kelly/

  • Carl | December 6, 2012 12:34 PM

    I really hope you mean the child molestation needs to stop and you're not crying about some man's rep just because he's black. Here's an idea, don't sleep with underage kids and there's nothing to worry about. DUH!

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