Producers of the upcoming Paddington 2 are looking to back out of their distribution deal with The Weinstein Company, The Guardian reports. On the heels of the rape and sexual assault allegations of legendary bigwig Harvey Weinstein, here is yet another big obstacle for The Weinstein Company.
When the first film hit theaters a couple years back, it made $76.3 million, making it one of the highest grossing films. In fact, Bob Weinstein pointed to Paddington 2 as one of the reasons why the company’s future isn’t completely morbid. However, with them looking to exit out of the deal, that may very well turn that idea on its head.
Regarding their desire to back out of their deal, which was signed in 2013, producer David Heyman told the outlet the following:
“TWC has had nothing to do with the making of Paddington and Paddington 2. They simply acquired the North American distribution right. When dealing with people’s lives, it feels inappropriate to comment on the business of film. Suffice to say our hope is that another distributor will be found.”
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Harvey Weinstein had harassed, assaulted, or raped more than a dozen women, and in the time since then, more women have come out to share their own experiences with his inappropriate behavior.
“What Harvey Weinstein did is obviously abhorrent,” Heyman told Deadline. “Hopefully the revelations and the conversation we are all engaged with now will lead to a tide of change in the entertainment industry and beyond.”
As of right now, Heyday and StudioCanal are under contract to allow TWC to distribute the film, but who knows if, under the circumstances, they’ll be able to exit and find a new distributor.