Leap, Tulip Fever, and Wind River have all announced that TWC name has been removed from the films, in the wake of over 40+ sexual harassment and assault allegations made against cofounder Weinstein, who was fired from the company just a few weeks ago. Since then, cofounder Bob Weinstein — Harvey’s brother and current head of TWC — has faced sexual harassment allegations of his own, and the company is facing lawsuits from Harvey’s victims as well as being investigated by the New York attorney general for civil rights violations.
Wind River, which would have been the sole Academy Award contender for the once-dominant independent film label, has reportedly severed all ties with TWC, a one-time award season staple. According to Deadline, Netflix, DVD, and award-season screeners will forgo any mention of association with the label. Now the award season campaign will be fully funded by Acacia Entertainment, the entertainment company backed by Tunica-Biloxi tribe.
It was also reported that writer/director Taylor Sheridan, stars Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, and producer Basil Iwanyk all personally lobbied for the removal of TWC’s involvement from the film.
The critically acclaimed film about the sexual assault and murder of a young woman on a Native American reservation in Wyoming, won the Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in May and is one of the top-grossing independent films of the year.
Additionally, international films like Paddington 2, which was being distributed in the U.S. by TWC in January 2018, are looking to disassociate from the company. The Benedict Cumberbatch-led Thomas Edison historical drama The Current War pulled its November release in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations. Instead, the film has been pushed back to a currently unknown 2018 date.
The controversy-torn company’s future is also in jeopardy as negotiations with private equity firm Colony Capital recently fell through.