The fallout of the sexual harassment allegations continues. As more and more of the Hollywood elite continue to be outed, projects have either hit a standstill or are moving on without the accused. Some people are even being replaced. The fallout is now making its way to production companies. Case in point, Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot is reportedly holding out on signing on to return for a sequel unless the production company led by Brett Ratner won’t be involved in the film.
This report is coming from the gossip website Page Six, which said that “a Hollywood source” told them that Gadot would not do Wonder Woman 2 if Ratner and his Ratpac production company, which helped with the first film, is still involved. Ratner was accused of sexual harassment by actresses like Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge, and most recently Ellen Page.
There is no way at this point of knowing how much of this is true, but it does put studios in a position where they are going to be held responsible for their actions and creating a safe environment for everyone, not just the actors, but the crew as well. It also tells us that actors will no longer put up with these heinous acts and are willing to step off of a project unless those who commit these vile acts are taken off.
We know that Warner Bros. is making the necessary steps to remove Ratner from the picture. Their first step was to not renew the co-financing deal they made with him. But it is still unclear if they can do that for the projects that he is already working on right now. Ratpac helped co-finance films like Annabelle, The LEGO Batman Movie, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Wonder Woman.
Remember, this is Page Six, so they are in the rumor and gossip business, but it will be interesting to see if there is an ounce of truth to it, and if it will inspire others to stand up and speak out.
No doubt those that are already speaking out are encouraging others to do so. And as more and more do, studios are rethinking how they are going to be doing business in the future.
[Source: Page Six]