Beyonce has reportedly caused Bradley Cooper's remake of A Star Is Born to stall because she demanded too much money.
The Crazy in Love singer was rumoured to be taking the lead role in Bradley's directorial debut but the entire project has now reportedly stalled because the amount Beyonce wanted to be paid was more than production executives at Warner Bros. were willing to spend.
“Beyoncé wanted too much money, and Warner Bros. balked at her price," a source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six. "The production budget was also said to be an issue with the studio, so the project has fallen apart.”
However, a different source insists, “Bradley has started reading scripts for his next acting project. But the ‘Star Is Born’ project remains in development and Bradley is still involved.”
Another insider reiterated the comments by saying the project has simply been put "on the back burner" but Bradley was still working on it.
The classic movie, which was first released in 1937, stars a wannabe singer who moves to Hollywood and is nurtured by an alcoholic and troubled actor. Judy Garland played the part in 1954, and was succeeded by Barbra Streisand in 1976.
Bradley was asked in December (15) if the Beyonce reports were true, but he denied them, insisting it was "just a rumour". He added, "But with that said, (it) would be (an) honor obviously to work with her in any capacity."
Clint Eastwood was originally set to direct the remake but he later pulled out of the project after many delays. He had been hoping to cast Beyonce in the role but her schedule made her casting difficult.
He told The Hollywood Reporter before he left the film, "They were talking about having Beyonce in it, and she was very popular, but she also is very active and it's hard to get a time scheduled, so we never could get that worked out."