Monday, June 17, 2024

Completed “Billionaire Boys Club” Movie in Limbo: Kevin Spacey Can’t Be Erased from This One


It took $10 million to erase Kevin Spacey from “All the Money in the World” and replace him with Christopher Plummer.

Luckily, the producers had deep pockets and a major studio– Sony– to support them.

Such is not the case with the one big movie Spacey still has in the can. “The Billionaire Boys Club” is an independent feature with over 25 producers and a $15 million budget.

The “BBC,” as it was known, was a Ponzi scheme run by a young charismatic guy named Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort). Spacey plays Ron Levin, a freelance journalist and con man who fell in with the BBC and was consequently murdered. The movie also stars Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Billie Lourd, Suki Waterhouse, and Judd Nelson. Worldwide distribution was pre-sold but there’s no US distributor. And that’s a problem now that Spacey is like Kryptonite.

“Everyone in the film has been damaged by this,” says one source. “They’ve all been harmed. And we don’t have a producer who has the money to go back and reshoot Spacey’s scenes– even if it could be done.”

For now, producers will screen the film in the new year and hope that one of the distributors who saw it before Spacey’s scandal broke will still go ahead with it. The fact that Spacey’s accusers have trickled down in the last few weeks could help. And it’s not like “BBC” is a Disney musical. It’s a movie about murder, drugs, sex, etc. In that sense, Spacey’s notoriety might add some glamor to the publicity.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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