Searchlight Drops Jonathan Majors’ Bodybuilding Drama ‘Magazine Dreams’

Almost exactly one year ago, Jonathan Majors was poised to have the most epic year of his career. And it was all going to kick off with the world premiere of Magazine Dreams right here at the Sundance Film Festival. And now today that movie, which received rave reviews despite the controversial nature of its story, is searching for a new distributor.

Searchlight has dropped Magazine Dreams and returned it to the filmmakers, who will shop around for a new home. gThe film stars Majors as a disturbed bodybuilder whose antisocial behavior becomes increasingly erratic.  It was acquired by Searchlight at Sundance and pegged for an awards season run in December 2023. Majors, and director Elijah Bynum, were expected to factor heavily in the awards race.

This is just the latest blow for Majors, who was recently found guilty of assault and harassment against his girlfriend. When the accusations emerged last March, Disney, which owns Searchlight, pulled Magazine Dreams from the release schedule, a precursor to this latest decision. Majors also lost out on a high-profile gig as Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a role he has played in both the Loki series and in Ant-Man  & the Wasp: Quantumania.

Majors was also booted from the Dennis Rodman biopic, 48 Hours in Vegas, and the potential Spike Lee-directed film Da Understudy.

So how long before Magazine Dreams turns up on BET+ or Tubi?

You can find my review of Magazine Dreams here.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.