Less then a day after Felicity Jones landed the female lead in the picture, THR reports Morgan Creek has bailed, leaving the project with a major financial obstacle to overcome. So what caused the big split? A mere $5 million dollars. Word is that the film is currently budgeted at $47 million, and apparently producers along with Fox, who are thinking about picking up the movie, wanted that number reduced to $42 million. No one could be swayed, forcing Morgan Creek to bolt altogether.
Now, we figure there as has got to be a bigger (dirtier) story as to why $5 million has caused such a dramatic shift (also, why does Fox care about the budget if they're not financing it?). Perhaps we can look to the exit of casting director Debra Zane. Hand-picked by Beatty, she is said to have left for the all too vague "creative differences," though maybe Beatty bristled at being given Justin Timberlake's headshot to consider for one of the roles. But if there are issues occurring on a deeper level, it may be causing some hesitation from financial types to hand over checks to Beatty. Perhaps the scope and vision of his project is already changing? Who knows.
But as it stands, Beatty's pic needs $21 million or so from somebody to get moving again. Calling Megan Ellison?