With just under five months until it's previously-planned release, MGM has yanked its upcoming Valley Girl remake from its release schedule. While the studio didn't comment on the move, nor did it issue a new release date, it likely has to do with the involvement of embattled YouTube star Logan Paul, who has a supporting role. The studio has moved The Hustle, a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, into the June 29 release date, where it will go up against Lionsgate's Uncle Drew and Sony's Sicario 2: Soldado.
Production had wrapped last year on MGM's Valley Girl remake, which stars Jessica Rothe as Julie Richman, a sweet young girl from the San Fernando Valley, who falls for a Hollywood rocker named Randy (Josh Whitehouse), roles originated by Deborah Foreman and Nicolas Cage in the original 1983 classic. As for Logan Paul, he plays a supporting character named Mickey, and since there is no Mickey character in the original film, it remains to be seen how large or small his role may be in the movie. The supporting cast also includes Mae Whitman, Chloe Bennet, Peyton List, Ashleigh Murray, Mary Neely and Allyn Rachel.
The decision comes in the aftermath of Logan Paul's controversial video he posted on December 31, 2017, from the infamous Aokigahara Forest in Japan, better known as the "Suicide Forest." Logan Paul was walking through the forest for a YouTube video, when he came across the dead body of a person who had committed suicide. While the video was promptly taken down, within 24 hours of it being posted, it already had more than 6 million views when it was removed.
Shortly after the video was pulled, Logan Paul was dropped from YouTube's Google Preferred Platform and halted all original content with Paul, including the movie sequel The Thinning: New World Order, which had been expected to debut on the YouTube Red service. The YouTube star found himself embroiled in more controversy last month, for videos where he encouraged kids to eat Tide Pods and another where he was seen firing a taser at a dead rat. This lead to YouTube suspending all ads on Paul's channel, where he reportedly earns $1.2 million from ad revenue each month. But everything has been restored on Youtube as of now.
There are differing reports about Valley Girl getting pulled from release. Deadline claims the delay is only temporarily, and indicates that it has nothing to do with Paul Logan's troubles. That it is merely looking for a better release date. MGM decided The Hustle was much better for this summer release slot.
Rachel Goldenberg (A Deadly Adoption) directs the Valley Girl remake from a script by Amy Talkington (The Night of the White Pants), based on a story by original Valley Girl writers Andrew Lane and Wayne Crawford. Logan Paul first came into prominence as a "Vine star," before switching to YouTube, where his channel has amassed more than 18 million subscribers. He has also appeared in a small role as a "buff college kid" in last year's The Space Between Us. If Logan Paul doesn't ultimately have a large role in the movie, it's possible that MGM could try to scrub him from the footage and re-cast the role, much like how Ridley Scott replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in last-second reshoots, to replace Kevin Spacey in the aftermath of his sexual misconduct scandal. The gamble paid off, ultimately earning Plummer Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. This story first broke over at The Wrap.