Brett Ratner’s behavior has cost him big time.
Another project has been shut down due to sexual misconduct. An expose in the Los Angeles Times accusing director Brett Ratner of misconduct against at least five women including Olivia Munn has canceled all plans of a Ratner / Hugh Hefner Biopic. Playboy Enterprises wants nothing to do with Ratner and his production company Ratpac Entertainment after the recent allegations.
In a comment with The Wrap, a Playboy spokesperson said “We are deeply troubled to learn about the accusations against Brett Ratner. We find this kind of behavior completely unacceptable. We are putting all further development of our projects with RatPac Entertainment on hold until we are able to review the situation further.”
Shortly after the death of Hugh Hefner, we reported that the project might start production soon since Jared Leto was rumored to play the part of Hefner. Well, that is false. Deadline followed up with Leto’s agent asking them for his comment on the matter of Ratner’s firing and this was the response. “Jared Leto is not and was not attached to a Brett Ratner-directed Hugh Hefner film, nor will he be working with him in the future. Earlier reports were incorrect and not confirmed by his representatives.”
The fact that Leto’s representatives waited until this moment to announce Leto’s non-involvement in the film seems a little coincidental. Why not squash the rumors right away if it was really not involved? Just seems like another individual that doesn’t want to be anywhere the trouble facing Ratner.
This is but one of the projects Ratner will likely lose due to his actions. He has previously said it was a dream of his to direct an adaptation of Wicked. Well, sometimes dreams don’t work out.