A Netflix executive defended the streaming platform’s decision to cancel Halle Berry’s latest film before its release, citing “production” and “creative” issues.
Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s chief content officer, confirmed to reporters at a press event on Wednesday that the creative team behind The Mothership, starring the Oscar winner, also supports scrapping the film to obtain tax clearance. dead.
“If you think about how much stuff we make, it’s a rare thing,” Bajaria said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “But it was one of those scenes where there were a lot of production problems, creative problems, and everyone on both sides, the talent and us, agreed that it was better not to watch it.”
Although Bajaria didn’t get into specifics, he added: “Everyone felt that not doing that was the right thing, and ended up doing something else together.”
Halle Berry’s representatives did not immediately respond to Talk News’s request for comment.
The Mothership, directed by Matthew Charman, follows Sara Morse (Halle Berry), who adjusts to life as a single mother after her husband mysteriously disappears.
Along with her children, she discovers an extraterrestrial object buried beneath her family’s farmhouse that may have played a role in her disappearance.Mark Wahlberg and Halle Berry in The Union, coming this summer on Netflix.
Filming on this sci-fi thriller wrapped almost three years ago. Since then, the film has reportedly been hit by post-production delays. Reshoots will involve aging child actors.
Netflix’s decision to cancel the release of The Mothership is not without precedent. In 2022, Warner Bros. halted the release of Batgirl despite rumors surrounding Leslie Grace’s portrayal of the title character and Michael Keaton’s long-awaited reprisal of his role as Batman.
And last year, the studio also canceled Coyote vs. Acme, starring John Cena, although director Dave Green said the film received praise from test audiences. In November, Green was reported to be seeking a new distributor for the film.
Still, news of The Mothership’s cancellation comes as a surprise considering Berry’s status as an Oscar winner who, in 2021, signed a multi-picture partnership that will see her continue producing and starring in feature films for Netflix.
Still, fans looking forward to Halle’s next project won’t have to wait too long. This summer, he will appear in Netflix’s The Union, co-starring Mark Wahlberg and JK Simmons.