Disney goes ahead with Gibson film
Full Story: Disney goes ahead with Gibson filmStudio to distribute movie after debacle over star's arrest
By Russ Britt, MarketWatch
Last Update: 7:51 PM ET Aug 1, 2006
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Walt Disney Co. and Mel Gibson likely are thanking the forces of nature, and undoubtedly hope those same forces will help the controversy surrounding the star's arrest on drunk-driving charges blow over by the time his next movie is released.
Disney (DIS) said in a statement Tuesday that it was going ahead with the release of Gibson's "Apocalypto" on Dec. 8. The announcement comes even as Disney's ABC Network has said it is canceling a deal with Gibson to produce a Holocaust-related miniseries.
" 'Apocalypto' has completed filming and is currently in post-production," Disney studio spokeswoman Heidi Trotta said. "The film will be released as scheduled."
The studio, however, unwittingly sidestepped a public relations nightmare when it decided in April to push back the release of Gibson's film from its original date - which was scheduled for this Friday.