Friday, Vulture reported that Wilde and Pugh became so heated during the movie’s production that Emmerich was “forced to play referee in a ‘long negotiation process'” to ensure that Pugh would participate in the movie’s press promotion and “not jeopardize the potential box office.” But an individual with knowledge of the production disputed the idea that Emmerich was contacted to intervene between the director and star of the thriller, which opens Friday with much behind-the-scenes sturm und drang.The studio also disputed Vulture’s reporting that studio executives are unhappy with how Wilde has promoted the film, specifically over how she handled discussing Shia LaBeouf’s exit as the film’s co-star (replaced before shooting began with pop star Harry Styles). “We are so proud of the work that Olivia Wilde has done making this incredibly beautiful and entertaining film and look forward to collaborating with her again,” Warner Bros.
Pictures co-chairs and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy said in a statement. “The studio is very grateful and appreciative of the tireless support by Olivia in bringing her vision to life from production through release.
Any suggestion of conflict between the studio and Olivia is simply not true.”Reps for Wilde and Pugh did not respond to requests for comment.Read more on thewrap.com