Gal Gadot’s ultimatum on Brett Ratner likely moot

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:46:59 AM. Ratner’s firm unlikely to finance Gadot and ‘Wonder Woman 2’
Warner Bros. finds itself in an awkward situation with Gal Gadot, the star of its most important movie of the year, “Justice League,” which debuts this week. At the center of the issue is the studio’s relationship with embattled filmmaker Brett Ratner, who has been accused by several women of a range of sexual misconduct. A widely circulated report published by the New York Post on Saturday said that Gadot, who starred in the summer blockbuster “Wonder Woman,” would not appear in the planned 2019 sequel if Ratner’s financing company, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, were to be involved. The company, which has a co-financing or slate deal with Warner Bros. that began in 2013 and covers up to 75 films, helped pay for “Wonder Woman,” along with most other films from the studio in recent years. But any alleged ultimatum by Gadot would appear to be a moot point. RatPac-Dune’s financing agreement with Warner Bros. expires in spring 2018, and as a result, the existing deal is not expected to include funding part of the “Wonder Woman 2” sequel, according to people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment publicly. Warner Bros. announced Monday that the follow-up film would be released Nov. 1, 2019. Melissa Raubvogel, Gadot’s publicist, did not respond to repeated requests for comment. A spokesman for Warner Bros. called the Post story “false” and declined to comment further. The last film to be covered by the existing RatPac-Dune deal is likely to be “Rampage,” an...Read more
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