On the heels of their public battle with Harvey Weinstein over the title for the upcoming Weinstein Company drama, “The Butler,” claiming it was already taken by their 1916 silent short film, “The Butler,” Warner Bros. is now demanding movie star Gerard Butler change his name, claiming they also owned it first. According to a spokesperson for Warner Brothers, the studio feels by referring to himself as Gerard Butler, the actor is causing confusion with the studios little seen 1912 short also named “Gerard Butler.”
“In the early 20th century we actually made thousands of short films in order to own every title we could think of and strangely Gerard Butler happened to be one of them,” a spokesperson for Warner Bros. told Hollywood & Swine. “Just ask Channing Tatum if Gerard Butler causing confusion is a laughing matter. ‘White House Down’ bombed because everyone in America thought they already watched it three months later when it was called ‘Olympus Has Fallen.”
Meanwhile The Weinstein Company’s Co-Chairman, Harvey Weinstein, is continuing to refuse to back down against Warner Brothers over calling his Lee Daniel’s directed film “The Butler.” Weinstein released a statement earlier today, stating that “The Butler,” which tells the true story of an African-American butler who worked in the White House during eight different presidencies, is not only an important film for the millions of African-Americans nationwide, but it is also an important film for the butlers who serve on hand and foot for Hollywood richest people.
Warner Bros. countered Weinstein’s latest statement by offering him up several options to name Lee Daniel’s latest film, including “Inglorious Waiters,” “Silver Linings Cookbook,” “The Other Black Guy In the White House,” and “Benson: The Movie.”