Josh Trank has revealed that he himself banned Chronicle writer Max Landis from visiting the set during principal photography following the emergence of new abuse allegations which the director said made him sick.
Earlier today, The Daily Beast published a revealing expose in which seven women came forward with allegations of sexual and mental abuse. An eighth woman also confirmed that she had filed a police report against Max Landis for sexual assault in 2008 but later dropped the case. The details of the allegations include rape, choking, humiliation, and misconduct on film sets. One of the women who came forward, only identified as Julie, alleges that Max Landis repeatedly raped her over the course of their two-year relationship. Three of his ex-girlfriends: Ani Baker, Dani Manning, and one woman identified as Kerry alleged enduring physical and emotional abuse while in contact with the Hollywood screenwriter.
Following these details coming to light, Chronicle director Josh Trank took to Twitter to show his support for Max Landis’ accusers, adding that he banned the writer from visiting the set of the film for which he wrote the script. You can check out Josh Tranks tweet regarding Max Landis below.
I 100% believe every word of this article about Max. I banned him from visiting principal photography of Chronicle, and I haven't spoken to him since 2012. To read about the terror he's inflicted on so many women since then makes me sick to my stomach. Heartbroken beyond measure.
— Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) June 18, 2019
In addition to the new abuse allegations, The Daily Beast also revealed that Max Landis has been dropped as a producer from Shadow in the Cloud, the upcoming Chloe Grace Mortez film which is currently in production. Moretz told The Guardian in April that Max Landis is also no longer involved with the project as a writer.
“We’ve completely distanced ourselves from him. We’ve rewritten it several times now.”
Shadow in the Cloud isn’t the only production distancing itself from Max Landis. MGM has also removed Deeper — a spec script Max Landis wrote which has Idris Elba attached to star — from their release calendar entirely. Netflix also opted to move forward on a sequel to David Ayer’s Bright without Max Landis following abuse allegations that emerged in December of 2017.
Variety also reports that according to insiders, Max Landis is no longer being repped at CAA.
Disney Unveils New Character Posters For ‘The Lion King’ Remake
Disney released several new character posters for the remake of The Lion King.
Disney's remake The Lion King is next in the studios' line-up of live-action retellings of their animated classics and now several new character posters for the film have been unveiled. These new posters for The Lion King may offer the best look yet at the photo-realistic versions of Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Scar, Timon, Pumbaa, Sarabi, young Simba, young Nala, Sarabi, Rafiki, and Zazu.
Check out the Lion King poster for Simba below and click "next" to view the rest of the gallery!
What do you think of the new posters from Disney? Are you among those who are excited to see the beloved film retold in a realistic setting or do you agree with the others who are growing weary of Disney's live-action remakes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Here is the official synopsis for The Lion King:
Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Directed by Jon Favreau from a script written by Jeff Nathanson, The Lion Kingstars Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
The Lion King will be released in theaters on July 19, 2019.