“Given the current allegations surrounding one of its actors and out of respect for those impacted, it would be inappropriate to celebrate at a gala at this difficult time,” Sony said in a statement.
But Sony vowed to forge ahead with its release plans for “All the Money in the World,” in part because Mr. Spacey has a supporting role and is nearly unrecognizable under heavy makeup. The film, estimated to have cost roughly $40 million to make, dramatizes the refusal of Getty in the 1970s to pay a ransom for his grandson. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams.
Aside from protecting their investment, Sony executives contended that they had an obligation to the remaining cast and crew to release the film as scheduled. “There are over 800 other actors, writers, artists, craftspeople and crew who worked tirelessly and ethically on this film,” the studio said in its statement on Monday. “It would be a gross injustice to punish all of them for the wrongdoings of one supporting actor in the film.”
Mr. Spacey has denied some of the accusations against him while also saying he would seek unspecified “treatment.”
But on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Scott, fuming that the allegations against Mr. Spacey might make ticket buyers stay away, not to mention dooming any chances the film might have among critics and Oscar voters, told Sony that he wanted to reshoot Mr. Spacey’s scenes with Mr. Plummer. The studio agreed on the condition that the release date be kept.
Mr. Spacey had spent about eight days filming scenes.
It was unclear on Wednesday what would happen to Mr. Spacey’s remaining film project, “Billionaire Boys Club,” an indie film about a group of affluent high school boys in Los Angeles who get involved in a Ponzi scheme. The film is nearly completed, but no release plans have been announced.