In the wake of the verdict in the Jonathan Majors trial this week, Disney swiftly responded – effectively firing the actor from any upcoming Marvel projects the same day.
But one lingering question remains – what about “Magazine Dreams”? The indie film starring Majors screened at Sundance this year where it received positive reviews and was acquired by Searchlight Pictures.
At the time, the hope was that Elijah Bynum-directed film would be a potential major awards push for Majors, who famously ate 6,100 calories a day for four months and would body-build for six hours every day to obtain his physique in the film.
Then the events surrounding the trial happened and by October this year Searchlight’s parent Disney removed the film from its release schedule. In the wake of the trial, the studio has remained silent in terms of the film’s fate.
The report adds speculation that Disney could potentially cite a morals clause to avoid paying the film’s financiers the $2 million minimum it promised when Searchlight acquired the movie for distribution.
With Disney having broken ties with Majors, the film holds little value for them and so could end up sitting on a shelf for years before being either quietly released on VOD or streaming, or possiby sold off to someone else. Either way, don’t expect a verdict anytime soon.
The film follows aspiring bodybuilder Killian Maddox (Majors), who struggles to find human connection in this exploration of celebrity and violence.
Nothing deters him from his fiercely protected dream of superstardom, not even the doctors who warn him of the permanent damage he causes to himself with his quest.