Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Girl, You Know It’s True: Milli Vanilli Movie Still Being Made, It Wasn’t Dropped and No One Said That

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I don’t know why a bunch of my colleagues think Brett Ratner’s Milli Vanilli movie isn’t being made, or that it was dropped by Millennium Films.

Ratner got a better offer. The movie is being fully financed by private investors. All Millennium said in their statement was that they weren’t selling the film or being involved in the production. There was no reason to infer that they were dropping it, or that it was for any other reason than someone came in with a better deal.

Ratner is still making the movie, with a Jeff Nathanson screenplay. They’ve secured the rights to the story of surviving band member Fab Morvan who pulled off an international hoax when they had a bunch of hits that they didn’t sing. The hits included “Girl You Know It’s True,” written by Kevin Liles, who will also serve as an executive producer for the movie. Their other big hit was “Blame it On the Rain,” by Diane Warren. All the songs will be in the film.

Frankly, this could be a very good movie, and I’m looking forward to seeing it. Time’s Up complained that Ratner should be punished for the rest of his life for complaints of sexual harassment. But I’ve yet to see Time’s Up answer questions about their finances raised in the Daily Mail this year. I took a look at their Form 990 from 2018, and the Mail was right, whether we like it or not. Time’s Up has spent most of its money so far on big salaries ($1.4 million) and travel ($157K to a luxury resort).

So I do think the Milli Vanilla project will go ahead. And Ratner will have to prove to the Hollywood community that he’s chastened and changed. And Time’s Up will have to explain where their money went. And someone will have to explain how no one in that German recording studio ever said anything about who was singing those songs.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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