Did Eisner Bomb Pearl Harbor?

Posted on Jan 13, 2000

Got this from the IMDB:

Did Eisner Bomb Pearl Harbor?

Joe Roth’s exit as Walt Disney Studios chief may have followed a clash with Michael Eisner over Roth’s decision last November to greenlight a $145-million budget for Pearl Harbor the Wall Street Journal indicated today (Thursday), citing people familiar with the matter. Reports at the time the go-ahead was announced said that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay had been engaged in lengthy negotiations with Roth and had finally agreed to financial concessions including a downsized back-end participation and accountability for any budget overages. Nevertheless, nearly two months after the deals with Bruckheimer and Bay were struck, Eisner has yet to clear the film, the WSJ said. (Today’s Daily Variety said that Eisner told it that Pearl Harbor (2000) has not been greenlighted.) Moreover, it added, Disney’s strategic planning department, which ordinarily is engaged in handling business ventures for the company, has been directed to scrutinize the film’s budget, the highest ever authorized for any film.