Private emails exposed in whistleblowing website Wikileaks' new Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking expose include correspondence about a possible Doctor Who film and suggestions executives thought Bradley Cooper was "an odd bird".
Cyberhackers broke into the Hollywood studio's database in November (14) and leaked numerous confidential documents, including private emails, films, and the personal details of a number of celebrities, as part of a protest about Sony's Seth Rogen comedy The Interview.
The stolen information, amounting to over 170,000 emails, has now been published on Julian Assange's WikiLeaks site, and browsers can check out private information via a search engine-style database.
The Wikileaks expose is further bad news for former Sony chairman Amy Pascal, who was forced to step down from her executive position after private emails between her and producers mocking U.S. leader President Barack Obama and Angelina Jolie were leaked last year (14), because it seems she was also part of an ill-advised correspondence about Cooper's new film, Aloha.
In an email sent to Pascal from Cameron Crowe in April, 2014, the filmmaker wrote, "Frankly Bradley is such an odd bird getting him right is tricky but he's fine now so lets just let him cook where he is and take care of our girl."
The "our girl" comment refers to Cooper's co-star Emma Stone.
In the first wave of leaked emails from last year (14), Pascal poked fun at Obama's film preferences, while producer Jeff Rubin called Jolie a "spoiled brat" in a note to the then-chairman.
In another newly-spotted correspondence on Wikileaks, an executive discusses plans for a Hollywood version of Doctor Who following a top-level meeting - the BBC's director of television, Danny Cohen, told Sony's international executive Andrea Wong there 's "tremendous interest" in a film about the TV time lord, but added show creator Steven Moffat didn't want "to do one at this moment".
In an email to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, Wong writes, "That said, over the course of the coming months, the show running team is coming up with an 8 year timeline for the brand - laying out all that will happen with it. So the answer is that a film won't happen in the next year to 18 months, but it is expected that it will happen after that within the 8 year horizon."
The Sony leaks also feature emails from George Clooney concerning the bad reviews for his film Monuments Men and allegations about issues on the set of David O. Russell's film American Hustle.
Citing a crew member who had worked on the film, producer Jonathan Alter alerted his brother-in-law Lynton to the fact, "Apparently he (Russell) behaved on (film) The Fighter, but acted so crazy on Hustle that it's another Clooney situation where a lot of people won't work with him again. He grabbed one guy by the collar, cursed out people repeatedly in front of others and so abused Amy Adams that Christian Bale got in his face and told him to stop acting like an a**hole."
Clooney famously insisted he'd never work with Russell again after clashing with the director on the set of 1999 war drama Three Kings.