Director John McTiernan’s appeal of a 12-month prison sentence for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal was rejected today by the federal appeals court for the 9th Circuit. The judge in the case had allowed McTiernan to remain free pending his appeal. Today’s decision, which you can read here, means that the director of Die Hard, The Hunt For Red October and other movies might have to begin serving his prison sentence at any time. McTiernan was sentenced in October 2010 after pleading guilty in July to two counts of making false statements to the FBI and one count of perjury for lying to a federal judge while trying to withdraw a guilty plea. McTiernan lied about hiring Pellicano and the wiretapping of producer Chuck Roven while the filmmakers were shooting 2002′s Rollerball. In addition to the prison term, McTiernan was sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a total fine of $100,000. McTiernan appealed and that appeal was rejected today.
Ed Zwick To Direct Legendary East’s First Film ‘The Great Wall’; Marshall Herskovitz & Chuck Roven Also Attached
Legendary East To Raise $220.5M Through Hong Kong For Film Studio From China
BREAKING: Ed Zwick will direct The Great Wall, the first project for Legendary East, that Hong Kong-based stand-alone entertainment company that was started by Legendary Entertainment’s Thomas Tull with Asian partners. Zwick and his longtime partner Marshall Herskovitz will write the script based on a story about the mystery behind China’s greatest manmade structure as imagined by Legendary chairman Tull and World War Z author Max Brooks. Based in Hong Kong with Chinese management and international investors besides Tull, the new company wants to be positioned to produce content that is as commercially viable within China and the rest of the world. The Great Wall will be produced by Legendary’s Tull and Jon Jashni, as well as Atlas Entertainment’s Alex Gartner and Chuck Roven, who is a frequent producer on Legendary/Warner Bros films (currently in production on The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel), and Zwick and Herskovitz. The project will be distributed in China by Legendary East’s co-production partner, Huayi Brothers, while distribution in all other parts of the globe is anticipated to be handled by Warner Bros Pictures, which is Legendary Entertainment’s longtime partner on films.
UPDATE: Die Hard director John McTiernan had already pleaded guilty in July after being convicted of lying in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping and racketeering scandal that enveloped Hollywood. His one-year federal prison term was handed down this morning at a sentencing hearing presided over by the same judge he lied to, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer. The 59-year-old McTiernan had lied to the feds in 2006 about his association with P.I.-to-the-stars Pellicano and the wiretapping of movie producer Chuck Roven while the filmmakers were shooting 2002′s Rollerball.
Hollywood producer Chuck Roven will testify tomorrow. Maybe now we’ll find out what really happened between director John McTiernan and Roven over the movie Rollerball.