UPDATE, June 25, 2019 10:32:42Mitch Hurwitz and Michael Gorman have been fired as co-executive producers of the upcoming Walt Disney Co. feature film “Walmart,” sources told TheWrap.
Sources close to the project say the two have been “unanimously fired” from the project.
Hurwitz, who directed the feature “Blackfish,” was promoted to the head of the project in the wake of Hurwitz’s departure.
Gorman, who wrote and produced “The Jungle Book,” will serve as cohost of “Walter Block and his wife,” and he will host a discussion panel with “Walmers” producers.
Hurwitz was replaced by Mark S. Weinstock, who was hired in February to be the chief creative officer for the project, sources said.
“We are grateful for the support and friendship of Michael and Mitch, and we wish them the best in their new endeavors,” a spokesperson for Hurwitz said in a statement.
“They are a talented and respected team, who have worked tirelessly on ‘Walmart.'”
Sources close the project told The Hollywood Reporter that the decision to fire Hurwitz was “a decision that came down to financials and timing.”
Hurwitz also penned and directed the movie “Blackwater,” which was released in 2017.
Hurkowski is best known for his role as David in the hit NBC series “Downton Abbey,” but his directing credits include “Crimson Tide,” “The Last Samurai,” “Star Trek” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
He also served as producer on “The Hangover Part III.”
He has appeared in the TV series “The 100,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.”
Hurwitz has worked on feature films such as “The World’s End,” “Tron: Legacy” and now “Walstins.”
He was one of the writers on “Blackberrys” and co-wrote the film with Chris Miller.