Apple Nixes Elvis Presley Biopic Series From The Weinstein Company Amid Scandal

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has opted not to move forward with an Elvis Presley biopic series produced by The Weinstein Company following a sexual harassment scandal involving founder Harvey Weinstein, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

    The Apple Music project with The Weinstein Company was in the early stages of production, and would have seen Apple airing a 10-part Elvis biopic. It was reportedly one of four music-related projects that Apple had in the works with The Weinstein Company, with the others set to feature Michael Jackson, Prince, and Frank Sinatra.

    Apple first established the deal with The Weinstein Company ahead of the June hiring of Sony executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, and the Elvis biopic was the only one of the four projects that was nearing development.

    The Elvis series was first announced in September of 2016, but at that time, Apple's involvement was not known. It was developed alongside the Presley estate, with the estate offering access to the entire Elvis Presley music catalog, cars, clothing, and Elvis' Graceland home.

    Apple's decision to end the project comes following a Thursday report from The New York Times that detailed the decades-long sexual harassment history of founder Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company over the weekend, and sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the company will change its name shortly.

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  2. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    Very hypocritical of Apple considering they employ Dr. Dre and are making a TV show about his life ("Vital Signs") and he has physically assaulted numerous women and been convicted of it in a court of law.
  3. rafark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2017
    I'm in no way defending the accused, but ditching him from his own company and changing its name is downright stealing.
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Assume you meant Michael Jackson, Prince, and Frank Sinatra.
  5. AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
    Apple finally doing the right thing. Dr. Dre's scandal happened decades ago and he's since apologized to everyone including the women he hurt. HW's scandal is recent and he's not remorseful at all.
  6. Infiniverse48 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2017
    Apple has absolutely no idea about entertainment. It’s pretty obvious that Apple will only offer extremely boring, terrible ‘artsy’ movies/tv shows. Wrong move. Artsy is the exact opposite of how you make money doing movies/tv and it’s the exact opposite of what they are designed to be: entertaining.
  7. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2011
    Tampa Bay
    I understand why Apple is doing this but Harvey is no longer even working at The Weinstein Company anymore, so I'm not sure why Apple doesn't just continue with their original plans? o_O
  8. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    OK I’d love to know more about this Prince biopic. I wonder who Weinstein is working with and what material they had/have access to. Hmm...

    EDIT: ah it looks like the others were only ideas not actively being worked on.

  9. springsup macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2013
    Not at all - he's still going to get rich from it. He's never going to see a jail cell, and the settlements he has and will pay are not nearly enough consequence; this is all just an early forced retirement for him.

    I only wish we could find a way to make these people (him, Cosby, O'Reilly, and the rest of their kind) suffer more. Pressuring young women for sex is not a part of professional conduct. Of course they don't have the tiniest clue or concern about what that feels like for the victim; they just get off on the power trip. The appeal is precisely that they are so powerful that they can pressure people to perform intimate acts against their will. We all know what that's called.
  10. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    This is probably a ruse by Mr. Cook & company to boot Elvis and this was the opportunity to do so.
  11. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Yes, thank you for the heads up! Fixing that.
  12. 2010mini macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2013
    Didn’t Dre fess up to his past?
  13. archvile macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2007
    Hate to break it to you but HW’s scandals have been going on for 13 years, AT LEAST.

    The “scandal” may be recent but his actions are not. People like this are sick.
  14. rafark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2017
    I agree with pretty much everything you said and those type of actions should be punished by the state with no exceptions.

    However I just don't think is the right thing to trash the founder and move on like nothing happened, after all the company exists because of him. If they wanted to get rid of him why not close the whole company instead and start a new one from scratch? What they are doing while legally acceptable, Is morally a steal.
  15. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.

    So, the Board should destroy the company and fire all the employees because of the actions of one man? That is very mean-spirited.
  16. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    You don't know how businesses work.

    He and his brother only owned 42%, which doesn't give them control of the company. The board of directors could fired him at any time and did.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 9, 2017 ---
    His name may still be credited on it if it was from before the firing which would mean he would get royalties.
  17. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Sad they only do it when Weinstein is officially fired from Weinstein Co i.e. No financial repercussions at this point.

    They weren't interested in doing it prior even though Weinstein was forced to issue a half arsed insincere apology for these substantiated "allegations"


    Better late than never of course, but cowardly "courage" at this point IMO
  18. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    Yep... and I think I heard that Ashley Judd had an incident with Weinstein ~20 years ago
  19. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    Should do a documentary on house plants instead
  20. santaliqueur, Oct 9, 2017
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    santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    In other news, Apple continues to sell Powder and Jeepers Creepers 1 and 2 on their iTunes Store, directed by convicted child rapist Victor Salva, proving that you can **** a 12 year old boy in the ass, film it, and still have your movies sold by Apple (after serving a whopping 15 months in prison of course).

    Total hypocrites.
  21. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Haha..... Newsflash for Apple: nothing like a little scandal to up the ratings.

    But in earnest, if Harvey is gone, why should Tim even care? No one is going to hold the newly named company responsible for the actions of a major shareholder who happened to be the founder and a former executive.
  22. snebes macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2008
    I think you forgot to fix it
  23. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    Do the biopics with a different name. Obviously, Prince and MJ have me sold, but Sinatra was incredibly interesting. Mob ties, agnostic (when it could ruin you), Sammy Davis.... I’m not sure if Sinatra was a civil rights activist, but he fiercely defended Sammy Davis.

    If Weinstein was scum f him, but I appreciate art.
  24. PizzaBoxStyle macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2014
    Apple HQ Cupterino Spaceship
    What's next for Apple MUSIC? A biopic produced with the help of Dr. Luke?


    That was really mean. I'll stop now and go away.
  25. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    The Life and Times of the other guy from Wham. Only on Apple Music.

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