UPDATE: Copperhead director Ron Maxwell took issue with some of the specifics of our story. He released the following statement from Canada on Wednesday: “It is truly regrettable when unnamed sources make spurious statements on subjects of which they know nothing. The assertion that Jason Patric was replaced on Copperhead because he would not take direction is completely false. Consummate professionals are replaced everyday, all the time, in all walks of life. It happens. Welcome to the real world. Jason is a total professional, a first rate actor and despite our creative differences, a friend.” Hold on, “creative differences?” Wasn’t that, specifics aside, what our story said?
PREVIOUS, Tuesday PM: Copperhead has a new lead actor. Billy Campbell will take over the lead in the Civil War-era feature after Jason Patric was let go this weekend. Copperhead was three weeks into shooting up in New Brunswick, Canada, when Patric was dismissed, Deadline has heard, for refusing to take instructions from director Ron Maxwell. Billy Campbell, who plays Darren Richmond on AMC’s The Killing, will now portray family head Amber Beech in the film, which is being produced by Swordspoint Productions. The feature is based on Harold Frederic’s 1883 novel about a family feud during the Civil War. Patric is repped by ICM. Campbell is repped by CAA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment.