Just as the film fiesta audience are going barmy over Bradley Cooper’s celebrated romance “A Star is born,” Warner Bros. is distancing itself from the producer of the project. Jon Peters, who is credited producer of the new “A star is born,” the third remake of the Hollywood fiction, played a key role in ensuring that the 1976 version of the film was a super hit. The film also starred his then-girlfriend Barbra Streisand.
On the other hand, with the new film in the talks, Peter’s history has come under scrutiny. According to a report released on Tuesday, Jezbel took issue with Peters, in the #MeToo era, being a producer on one of the fall’s biggest releases.
In August of 2011, a Los Angeles jury awarded one of Peters’ former employees, Shelly Morita, more than $3.3 million, in a case filed against Peter on the charges of harassment. The jury gave verdict that the director subjected Morita to “severe and pervasive” harassment and a “hostile or abusive” work environment.
However, following the verdict, maybe under some pressure or otherwise, Peters and Morita entered in to an agreement overturning the case’s judgment. The terms were not disclosed.
Warner Bros., the producers confirmed that the film will be out next month, and they are contractually bound to credit Peters for the release.
“Jon Peters’ attachment to this property goes as far back as 1976,” said the studio in a statement. “Legally, we had to honor the contractual obligation in order to make this film.”
The Producers Guild of America also confirmed Tuesday that it ruled that Peters did not work enough on the film, to be credited as Producers, therefore in the Film’s credit peter’s name does not include the “p.g.a.” label of a producers mark.
To understand what discrediting Peters implies, let us assume that the movie is nominated for best pictures in the Oscars, and if they were to get the prestigious award, peter won’t be among its recipients.
The latest version of “A star is born,” stars Cooper and Lady Gaga, and all we could expect is that Peter’s association does not spoil it for the stars.