The Weinstein Co.
While The Weinstein Co. didn't succeed in overturning the MPAA's ruling that they can't use the title "The Butler" for their upcoming historical drama, the film's new name isn't vastly different from the original.
"We are now 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' -- we are thrilled," said Weinstein Co. spokeswoman Dani Weinstein on Friday after the MPAA issued its latest decision in the entertainment battle, a legal tussle that kicked off earlier this month when Warner Bros. asserted its rights to "The Butler," the title of a 1916 short film in the studio's library.
Along with making the slight title tweak, which necessitates a wholesale revision of the movie's marketing materials, The Weinstein Co. will have to shell out $400,000 in fines for violating the MPAA's initial ruling, as well as an additional $100,000 to the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The organization will also have to cover up to -- but no more than -- $150,000 of Warner Bros.' legal fees.
Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah, and a host of other big-name actors, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" traces the life of an African American butler (Whitaker) who served eight U.S. presidents in the White House. The sweeping drama hits theaters August 16.
[via THR, Variety]