Brett Ratner's relationship with Warner Bros. has ended following accusations of sexual harassment made against the filmmaker. Earlier this week, Ratner became the latest Hollywood personality to be hit with allegations of sexual misconduct, with the accounts of six different women detailed in a damning exposé. Similar to the Kevin Spacey situation (House of Cards season 6 is being put on hold amidst allegations against the actor), these revelations have impacted Ratner's in-development projects.
Shortly after the story broke, the director's Hugh Hefner biopic was proclaimed to be dead in the water, but that's hardly the only fallout. Now, Ratner's production company has lost its deal with WB.
Variety reports that WB has broken off all ties with Ratner. The studio was said to be "reviewing the situation" as soon as the allegations arose. Ratner's production company RatPac Entertainment has been a financing partner with Warner Bros. since a 2013, with the studio renting office space on the Warner Bros. lot. Previous co-productions between Warner Bros. and RatPac include the line of DC films, including Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and the forthcoming Justice League. The deal is set to expire on March 2018, with no word on whether or not it will be renewed.
But Ratner personally is finished with the studio, spinning the development as his own decision. “In light of the allegations being made, I am choosing to personally step away from all Warner Bros.-related activities,” his statement reads. “I don’t want to have any possible negative impact to the studio until these personal issues are resolved.” Ratner previously had a first-look deal with Warner Bros., which will certainly not be renewed; the director will also vacate his personal office space on the studio's lot. Finally, Ratner will end his involvement with WB's adaptation of the novel The Goldfinch, which he was originally set to produce.
Ratner has cultivated an image as a playboy, but is primarily infamous for his crass statements. His most public remarks was one on Howard Stern's show, where he stated that "rehearsal is for fags," an incident that led Ratner to step down from producing the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony. Ratner, in the same Howard Stern appearance, also stated that he "banged" actress Olivia Munn, who is one of the six women who stepped forward with these accusations. Munn's graphic story of Ratner approaching her while eating shrimp with one hand and masturbating with the other was initially revealed in her 2010 book, Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek.
For this one-time X-Men director, it truly appears to be the last stand. While Ratner and his attorneys continue to deny the allegations, many others view this as the director finally seeing his comeuppance. Just this week, allegations against Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and Andy Dick have come out, with consequences for most of these actors thus far—in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, the entertainment industry appears to be cleaning house.