Apple TV+ could have simply misplaced a second high-profile venture that was set to look on the streaming platform, only one month after it was introduced: the Oprah Winfrey-produced documentary that follows music trade government Drew Dixon, one of many ladies who accused Russell Simmons of rape and got here ahead in an interview with The New York Instances.
(Apple additionally indefinitely delayed the theatrical launch of its characteristic movie The Banker two months in the past.)
“I’ve determined that I’ll not be government producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary and it’ll not air on Apple TV+,” Oprah wrote in an announcement issued to a number of movie trade publications, together with The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline and The Wrap.
Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. We’re not clear what sort of phrases Oprah negotiated in her multi-year cope with Apple, however maybe she has the authority to make this type of choice? The movie was to be “introduced by Oprah Winfrey” on the streaming platform, so it might admittedly be a bit awkward for Apple to air it if she’s not a producer.
Right here’s Oprah’s full assertion, by way of Deadline:
I’ve determined that I’ll not be government producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary and it’ll not air on Apple TV+. In the beginning, I would like it to be recognized that I unequivocally imagine and help the ladies. Their tales should be advised and heard. In my view, there’s extra work to be executed on the movie to light up the complete scope of what the victims endured and it has grow to be clear that the filmmakers and I will not be aligned in that artistic imaginative and prescient. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are gifted filmmakers. I’ve nice respect for his or her mission however given the filmmakers’ want to premiere the movie on the Sundance Movie Competition earlier than I imagine it’s full, I really feel it’s finest to step apart. I can be working with Time’s As much as help the victims and people impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.
The assertion makes it sound just like the movie will nonetheless seem at Sundance, which kicks off January 24th. Right here’s the Sundance Movie Competition web page for the documentary, which is why we all know the movie is about Drew Dixon — that wasn’t disclosed in Apple’s authentic press launch.