Hey kids. Bad news on the Jonathan Demme front (very important front): he just left the Bob Marley documentary he had been helming after the producer criticized his editing skills. Watch what you say, son.
Page Six reports that producer Steve Bing wasn’t too happy with the first cut that Demme turned in, prompting Demme to fuck off and leaving the project helmerless (oh, it’s a word, that just happened). Ironically, Demme had been the replacement for Marty Scorsese, who left the project last May due to ‘scheduling conflicts.’ Bing is apparently doing a nice job alienating Oscar-winning cinematic geniuses. Keep it up.
With the project in limbo, it’s February 6, 2010 release date, meant to coincide with what would have been Marley’s 65th birthday, looks in doubt. I have to say this makes me quite a bit sad. I’ve seen the documentary that Demme made about Neil Young and it truly is something to behold. Marley feels like an interesting subject for him to tackle. I really hope they find someone of his caliber to tackle the rest of the project. Let’s keep optimistic, just like Bob, that such will be the case.