Jonathan Majors’ Magazine Dreams Returns to Market Amid Controversy

Los Angeles, CA – Jonathan Majors’ film “Magazine Dreams” is back on the market after Searchlight Pictures returned the rights to the filmmakers. The specialty arm of Walt Disney Studios made the quiet decision to release the movie to other potential buyers. This move comes shortly after Majors’ conviction for assault and harassment, which led to Searchlight’s decision not to release the film.

In January, “Magazine Dreams” made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and received positive reviews for Majors’ performance as amateur bodybuilder Killian Maddox. The film’s director, Elijah Bynum, was also praised for his work. Searchlight purchased “Magazine Dreams” for a significant amount in February 2023 and was planning an awards season campaign.

However, Majors’ arrest in New York a month later put the film’s fate in jeopardy. Searchlight removed “Magazine Dreams” from its release calendar in October, as Majors awaited sentencing for his charges. The actor has faced professional consequences as well, with Marvel Studios terminating his role as Kang the Conqueror. Last week, Lionsgate dropped the Dennis Rodman feature “48 Hours in Vegas,” which is now searching for a new lead and production studio.

“Magazine Dreams,” written and directed by Bynum, has received an 84 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film has been praised for Majors’ performance, with critics commending his portrayal of a complex character. After Searchlight acquired the film, Bynum was expected to refine a new cut for its theatrical release, though it’s uncertain if any progress was made.

Sources connected to the film expressed that Majors’ legal troubles significantly impacted its potential as an awards contender. However, if the right buyer emerges, there may be another chance for “Magazine Dreams” to find its audience and achieve its aspirations.