In the latest fallout from the cyberattack saga enveloping Sony Pictures, leaked emails published by Gawker reveal a nasty exchange between studio co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, and an ugly bashing by Rudin of key figures in the industry, including Angelina Jolie. At the center of the fiery back-and-forth conversation is the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin, that recently moved from Sony to Universal Pictures. Jolie, according to the emails, objected to David Fincher directing the film instead of her star vehicle Cleopatra. Pascal asked Rudin, a producer on Jobs, to talk to Jolie about it, but Rudin said he didn’t “want to waste [his] time” on that. Rudin repeatedly slammed the idea of Jolie’s Cleopatra movie, calling the actress a “minimally talented spoiled brat” and said the big-budget project could jeopardize both his and Pascal’s careers. “I’m not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both,” reads one email from Rudin.
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