The film was scheduled to close AFI Fest, which begins this Thursday in Los Angeles.
Sony has pulled the film from AFI Fest, but will not change the release date. “All the Money in the World” will still debut in theaters December 22.
Rumors of the cancellation have been brewing over the past week, ever since allegations began to mount against one of the film’s main stars: Kevin Spacey. Spacey plays billionaire J. Paul Getty, whose grandson was kidnapped and held for ransom in the 1970s. The film centers around Michelle Williams as Gail Harris, mother of the kidnapped teenager. But Spacey’s role in the film has shone an unwanted spotlight on the project.
Last week, Netflix halted production on “House of Cards,” and cancelled the Gore Vidal biopic, “Gore,” because of Spacey’s involvement. Sony’s announcement comes amidst the fallout from those decisions.
In a statement from Sony, they explained their decision not to postpone the film’s December release:
“‘All the Money in the World’ is a superb film and more than worthy of its place of honor in the AFI Fest. But given the current allegations surrounding one of its actors and out of respect for those impacted, it would be inappropriate to celebrate at a gala at this difficult time. Accordingly, the film will be withdrawn.
However, a film is not the work of one person. There are over 800 other actors, writers, artists, craftspeople and crew who worked tirelessly and ethically on this film, some for years, including one of cinema’s master directors. It would be a gross injustice to punish all of them for the wrongdoings of one supporting actor in the film. Accordingly, the film will open wide as planned on December 22.”