The new Bradley Cooper movie is “a catastrophe,” this according to a new round of Sony leaks.
Sony Pictures Entertainment executives were referring to “Untitled Cameron Crowe,” which as you can tell from the moniker, has yet to be named by the director responsible for We Bought a Zoo.
Once referred to as Deep Tiki, the film has more going wrong for it than indecisiveness in picking a title, if the emails are to be believed.
Gawker reports that emails “between SPE principals reveal that they’re excited about the prospects of a few tentpoles, including ‘Annie’ and the upcoming sequel to ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop.’ But there is one they already seem ready to wash their hands of: a new movie by Cameron Crowe starring [Bradley] Cooper, [Emma] Stone, Rachel McAdams and Bill Murray.”
The film was originally slated to star Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon as a follow-up to the barely profitable Elizabethtown. It has been described as an “action romance,” a genre Crowe isn’t particularly well-known-for, and one that hasn’t done well with critics in the past.
(Fool’s Gold and Six Days, Seven Nights, anyone?)
All that is known about it at this point is that Bradley Cooper would be playing a military weapons consultant in Hawaii.
Embattled SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal shared her frustrations with the picture in her now trademark barely literate style.
“It’s a wrap
There is no more to do
Cameron never really changed anything
People don’t like people in movies who flirt with married people or
married people who flirt
The satellite makes no sense
The gate makes no sense
I’m never starting a movie again when the script is ridiculous
And we al know it
I don’t care how much I love the director and the actors
Not even once
As much as I want movies
This is way worse
At least the marketing departments at both studios have something to sell
like looks big and glossy
We have this movie in for a lot of dough and we better look at that
Scott didn’t once go to the set
Or help us in the editing room
Or fix the script”
Furthermore, Gawker notes, the executives believe the film is for “dumb people” as they weighed in on a report of two test screenings — one in Huntington Beach and the other in New York.
“The New York audience was far more reserved,” the report states. “It was a more sophisticated group than in Huntington Beach, and this did have some impact as far as the weaker response, as those with less education have been responding better to the movie at each of the three screenings to date. That said, scores were softer in New York than Huntington Beach across all segments, including those with a college degree or more.”
As scathing as these critiques are for Bradley Cooper, it’s even worse on Cameron Crowe, who now must deal with the knowledge that his employers think so little of his work. It certainly doesn’t bode well for him getting to direct Jobs, a dream project based on the life of Steve Jobs.
Then again, now that this has been made public, Sony may want to give it to him as an apology.
What do you think about the new round of Sony leaks? Do you think this latest Bradley Cooper film will be a stinker, and should Pascal’s email candidness cost her her job?