I’ve rolled my eyes for weeks after the news that Warner Brothers and the MPAA were disputing the upcoming film from The Weinstein Company titled, “The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker. The dispute comes from a short film of the same name, that’s over 100 years old, and Warner Bros. disputing the use of ‘Butler’ under the name under copyright.
It was announced yesterday that the MPAA has ruled and will allow Harvey Weinstein to use the new title, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” if he so chooses. There has been no official word whether Harvey will use the new title, but I imagine with the film about three weeks away from opening, he’ll go with it. The general public and Oscar prognosticators will still likely call the film “The Butler” anyway.
The whole dispute seemed petty from jump street and to tell you the truth, I’m over it. There are also technical details following the drop of the news including the size of the title and fines that Harvey has to pay. All can be found via Deadline.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler opens in theaters August 16.