Costner Movie Shelved

The hard times at Universal have led the studio to make some hard choices, and Variety’s Dish column says the town is buzzing about Universal’s decision not to go forward with “13 Days,” the Cuban missile crisis drama to have starred Kevin Costner. “13 Days” tells the story of the pivotal events surrounding the crisis from the standpoint of Kenneth O’Donnell, who was President Kennedy’s chief of staff. (It’s described as a mix of “A Few Good Men” with the technology of “Apollo 13.”) This is the second high-profile picture halted since the recent shakeup in the Universal executive suites, following the grounding of “Leatherheads,” the gridiron film with Steven Soderbergh directing and George Clooney starring.

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