Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes Movie Gets November Release
Fox has set an awards-season release date of Nov. 11 for Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes movie and titled it “Rules Don’t Apply.”
The film — the first that Beatty has directed since 1998’s “Bullworth” — is a romantic comedy-drama set in 1958 Hollywood with Beatty portraying Hughes. Beatty also wrote and produced.
The film stars Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich, an actress and driver who work for Hughes — who forbids romance between his employees. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Candice Bergen, Steve Coogan and Annette Bening.
Baldwin is playing Robert Maheu, a key confidante of the eccentric billionaire. Maheu, a former spy, said that he never saw Hughes and received all his instructions from notes and telephone.
The film has been funded by Ron Burkle, Steve Bing, Windsor Media’s Terry Semel, Arnon Milchan’s New Regency and James Packer and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. Jeffrey Soros is a producer on the film and financing via Considered Entertainment.
Other titles opening on Nov. 11 include Universal’s comedy “Almost Christmas,” Sony’s Ang Lee drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and EuropaCorp’s drama “Shut In.”
The news was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.
Warren Beatty Flop 'Rules Don't Apply' Sparks $18 Million Lawsuit Over Losses
Regency Entertainment says it's owed at least $18 million. Warren Beatty's production company is being sued by Regency Entertainment for allegedly failing to pay back costs for the 2016 film Rules Don't Apply.
Regency claims it entered into talks with Beatty in 2013 to finance and distribute the Howard Hughes biopic, which was written by the star who starred in and directed the film. The distributor claims it agreed to incur substantial upfront costs which were to be recouped from the film's revenues.
But, despite it's star power, the $25 million film only grossed $3.9 million worldwide.
"The Defendants agreed to guarantee any shortfall of the amounts incurred by Regency and to pay back to Regency and costs that were not recouped from the Picture's revenues within a specified time period," writes attorney Richard Kendall in the complaint filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court. To date, Regency claims, the defendants haven't paid any of their guaranteed obligations.
Regency is suing for breach of contract and is seeking at least $18 million in damages.