Update: Jonathan Majors’ Movie ‘Magazine Dreams’ Officially Dropped by Distributor
Update: (Jan. 17, 2024): Well, that was fast.
As previously reported, Disney-owned studio Searchlight Pictures decided to indefinitely postpone the theatrical release of Jonathan Majors’ film ‘Magazine Dreams’ after the actor was accused of physical abuse by his now ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari last March.
Earlier this month, after Majors was convicted of second-degree harassment and third-degree misdemeanor assault, an insider shared that they “do not see a scenario in which Searchlight opens the movie on the big screen.”
Fast forward to today (Jan. 17) and it looks like the source was correct. According to recent reports, the film is searching for a new home as the specialty arm of Walt Disney Studios has given ‘Magazine Dreams’ rights back to the original filmmakers. Reportedly, Searchlight Pictures purchased the film for around the mid-seven figures. No word just yet on whether any other studios have expressed interest in the project.
Unfortunately for Majors, this isn’t his first movie that was negatively impacted following his guilty verdict. He was also booted from the Dennis Rodman biopic. At this time, a replacement actor hasn’t been revealed.
Original Story: (Jan. 11, 2024): Unfortunately, things still aren’t looking too good for Jonathan Majors.
According to insiders, another one of renowned actor Jonathan Majors’ projects has possibly gotten the boot. Initially Jonathan Majors’ film ‘Magazine Dreams’ was set to be released in theaters last month. The drama from the Disney-owned studio Searchlight Pictures reportedly received high praise when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2023.
However, its theatrical release date was postponed when Majors was accused of domestic violence by his ex, professional dancer Grace Jabbari.
As previously reported, in March 2023, Majors’ then-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari, claimed the once-celebrated entertainer attacked her while they were in the back of a vehicle due to a heated disagreement. Although he has since maintained his innocence, Majors was (ultimately) convicted of second-degree harassment and third-degree misdemeanor assault.
The court acquitted him of the two other charges he faced: third-degree intentional assault and second-degree aggravated harassment.
Unfortunately for Majors, due to the verdict of his highly-publicized trial, there’s a strong chance that ‘Magazine Dreams’ won’t make it to a screen near you.
Searchlight has stayed quiet on Majors’ legal troubles and the fate of the film but insiders reportedly claimed that they,
“do not see a scenario in which Searchlight opens the movie on the big screen.”
Allegedly, with the violent context of the work, along with Majors’ legal troubles, press for ‘Magazine Dreams’ could (seemingly) be too “problematic” for the team’s image.
However, while rumors of the feature being shelved continue to grow, other sources are “confident” that the film may be shopped elsewhere if not done through Searchlight.
Majors trained for over a year to portray the main character Killian Maddox, a bodybuilder hopeful who’s struggling his way to stardom.
As you may recall, this isn’t the only project that had to make changes following Majors’ conviction. Shortly after he was found guilty, Marvel Studios dropped the California native (as supervillain Kang the Conqueror) from their roster.
Majors recently spoke out for the first time since the incident with Jabbari. He said,
“I shouldn’t have been in the car. I shouldn’t;t have stepped out of the relationship. I shouldn’t have been in the relationship. If I’m not in the car, none of this is happening. If I leave the relationship none of this is happening. If I’m man enough or brave enough to say, ‘I want to see someone else’ or ‘I’m done now,’ I’m not in that car. We’re not here. I’m responsible for those things.”
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