An eleventh-hour battle over a new White House biopic has been resolved, with the MPAA ruling that producers can call it a variation on “The Butler,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
The most likely option? Something like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
The original title of the film due out next month — based on a Washington Post story about longtime White House butler Eugene Allen — was challenged by Warner Bros., based on its ownership of a 1916 silent flick by the same name. The new “Butler’s” producer, Harvey Weinstein, fought back, noting that scores of movies have duplicated titles. Warner Bros., meanwhile, argued that Weinstein Company had a history of playing fast and loose with title rules.
Daniels, the director, has endured title confusion before: In 2009, he changed his “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” to “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” to avoid conflict with another “Push” — and it did just fine, winning two Oscars.
Read the original 2008 story: A butler well served by this election, 11/7/08