Brian Grazer Confirmed To Replace Brett Ratner As Oscars Producer

By Kelly West 2011-11-09 16:39:39discussion comments
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While the official word isnít in yet, itís looking like Brian Grazer will be the man to step in to take over producing the Oscars in the wake of Brett Ratnerís recent departure from the job.

Earlier today, we reported that Grazer, who produced Ratnerís film Tower Heist was in talks with Tom Sherak to produce the 84th Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter says sources are confirming that Grazer has accepted the duties and though a spokesperson for Grazer declined to comment, as did a spokesperson for the Academy, THR says the press release confirming the news is forthcoming.

Assuming this is official, the next big question is, who will host now that Eddie Murphy has dropped out? Cinema Blendís own Eric Eisenberg offers five good reasons why The Muppets should be given the job. However, Deadline reports that the Academy wants Eddie Murphy back on board and that Grazerís first task will be to make that happen. Given Grazerís connection with Tower Heist, which has Murphy among the stars, itís possible the connection will do some good there.

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has posted an update stating that Academy president Tom Sherak has confirmed the news:
"Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extranordinary body of work," Sherak said. "he will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars."

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