During Simon Monjack’s recent press blitz, he has repeatedly pointed the finger of blame for his wife Brittany Murphy’s untimely and sudden death last month in the direction of the cold, heartless studio heads at Warner Bros. He seems to be of the belief that the studio’s decision to renege on a contract they offered Murphy to do five days worth of voice work on Happy Feet II effectively broke her spirit and drove her to an early grave (or, in his words, “They killed her”). And in an interview with the Daily Beast earlier this week, he even insinuated that he was just days away from filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against the studio. However, there’s one little nagging piece of evidence that could foil his plot to pad his (allegedly already large) bank account and win a judgment against the brothers Warner.
According to a spokesman for the company, there was never a deal in place for Murphy to reprise her role as an computer-animated penguin.
Any claim that Warner Bros Pictures was somehow responsible for Brittany Murphy’s tragic death is demonstrably false, reprehensible, and defamatory.
Despite press reports to the contrary, Warner Bros Pictures and Ms Murphy never entered into any deal for Happy Feet 2, and thus, there was not a contract to cancel.’
Yep, um, whoops! Oh well, there is at least one good thing to come out of this entire mess: Now Brad Pitt and “Mattie” Damon can go about their work on Happy Feet II without feeling the slightest bit of guilty remorse.