The liberation of The new mutants Seemed like the last 20th Century Fox mess that Disney would have to clean up after consuming the film and TV branches of its former competitor, but it was also sat on another proverbial bombshell: director Kenneth Branagh. Death on the Nile, which happens to star Armie Hammer. Over the past few months, a number of gruesome charges have been laid against Hammer, leading a woman to publicly accuse him of rape and Los Angeles Police Department confirms opening investigation into Hammer earlier this month. He has now given up many projects and lost his agent, but he had already filmed Death on the Nile long before it was all revealed. The film has been on the Disney shelf for quite some time, having already been repeatedly delayed due to the Fox buyout and then the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s now increasingly likely that it won’t. there will never be a good time to publish it. .
According to Variety, the film was again delayed (it’s sixth), until February 2022, giving the studio almost a whole year to figure out what to do about it and Hammer. however, VarietyHammer’s secret sources say Hammer’s role in the film is so important he’s practically the male lead, and any kind of cover or revamp could cost “tens of millions” and be “nearly impossible to pull off. Because the film has such a large ensemble cast (Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, Russell Brand, as well as Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders).
A “rival studio manager” who Variety suggested that the only real Disney strategy here is to just be blunt about it and say, “Hundreds of people worked on this project, and we’re not giving it up because of one individual.” Something like this should obviously depend on any further development with Hammer, but it’s very thorny anyway. As for other Hammer related movies, Variety says he has a very small role in Taika Waititi The next goal wins which was filmed last year (distributed by Searchlight, now owned by Disney), but it’s practically “a cameo”, so that might not be a big deal. There is also tthe Call me by your name suite that Luca Guadagnino keeps talking about doing, but it was never a sure thing anyway.