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Disney Takes $50M Write-Down

Disney CFO Jay Rasulo tells investors write down will come next quarter for stopping work on the untitled Henry Selick-directed stop-motion feature.

Following a decision in August to halt production on Henry Selick's untitled stop-motion feature, according to a report by Variety Disney has announced that the company will take a $50 million write-down in the current fiscal quarter. The film was slated for release on October 4, 2014.

"We are taking a specific write down at the studio of $50 million, or two cents a share, for some work we discontinued after taking a look at it," said Disney chief financial officer Jay Rasulo at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference on Thursday. "It will be a short-term, fourth quarter impact."

The project is the first feature Alan Horn has pulled the plug on since replacing Rich Ross as chairman of the Walt Disney Studios in June.

After a 3D version of Finding Nemo hits theaters this weekend, Disney's next two big screen releases are the stop-motion Frankenweenie, directed by Tim Buron, in October, and Wreck-It Ralph, from Walt Disney Animation Studios, in November.

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.