They're both hugely recognizable power players in their respective fields, but similarities weren't enough to keep George Clooney and Tom Ford working on the same team.
Clooney had originally planned to produce the second feature from director and fashion icon Tom Ford, whose debut film A Single Man won rave reviews. It seemed like a match made in sartorial heaven, but now it seems like this union just wasn't meant to be.
Though Clooney blames scheduling conflicts for backing out of Ford's Nocturnal Animals, a source tells Page Six that there was some major conflict bubbling behind the scenes.
Ford is in Cannes because George Clooney was to produce the movie through his Smokehouse Pictures, with Grant Heslov. But they had a huge falling out over creative issues a few weeks ago, and Clooney is no longer involved.
Clooney was quick to respond with some damage control and spun that telltale charisma into a defusing statement:
No falling out at all. It was just scheduling. Grant and I love the project and think Tom is fantastic. We just couldn’t do it when he needed to go.
No matter what circumstances are true, these two are definitely not working together anymore, and that's a loss for everyone.
Nocturnal Animals, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams, will most likely now need to find a new production company to move forward.