Sources say the actress, who had been willing to cut on her fee for the romantic dramedy directed by Richard Linklater, left with the new chairman, Tom Rothman of the studio after a tough negotiation.
A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To have the magazine, click here to subscribe.
It turns out a clue to Lawrence’s abrupt exit may be located in her essay: “I didn’t need to keep fighting over millions of dollars.”
Two sources say the Hunger Games and Joy performer walked away from the high profile job that was to be directed by Richard Linklater after a difficult and long dialogue with Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman.
But the sources say the CAA-repped celebrity, innovative from a difficult dialogue became frustrated as Rosie dealmaking dragged on and began to reevaluate her interest. “Rothman was doing plenty of grinding on The Rosie Project, and it took its cost,” says a source with knowledge of the negotiations. “If it were done more rapidly, it wouldn’t have fallen apart.”
Contrast, Linklater’s deal — he also is repped by CAA — hammered out fast. But Lawrence, 24, had pursued the Boyhood helmer and brought him in. So once she was out, he backed out, also. That left Rothman having to describe how he couldn’t close a deal at a discounted cost, even with Hollywood’s biggest star. The project, based on a book by Graeme Simsion having a script by The Fault in Our Stars couple Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, would look a promising piece of counterprogramming given its assumption of an unconventional woman who upends the world of an unlucky-in love university professor trying to discover a wife via a foolproof questionnaire.
Adds one source, “The bottom line was she had too much time to contemplate it.” Sony and CAA dropped opinion.