Amazon Pulls Plug on David O. Russell Project; ‘Romanoffs’ Moving Forward Without TWC

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Amazon has dropped its plans for an untitled drama series from David O. Russell, and will move forward with another series whose status had been uncertain, Matthew Weiner’s “The Romanoffs.”

Amazon Studios no longer plans on moving forward with the David O. Russell Project,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “As for ‘The Romanoffs,’ Amazon intends to move forward without the involvement of The Weinstein Company.”

Both projects has been set up as co-productions with the Weinstein Company. Their status was upended this week as TWC became overwhelmed by the sexual-abuse scandal that forced the company’s co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, out. Amazon on Wednesday said that it was reviewing the status of both series. The company repeated that assertion yesterday in a statement announcing the suspension of Amazon Studios president Roy Price, who also faces allegations of sexual harassment.

Although “The Romanoffs” is already in production, with Weiner directing, the financial support TWC was supposed to deliver for both shows never materialized. Amazon will now take over as sole producer on “The Romanoffs,” but chose not to do so on the Russell project.

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