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Ryan Reynolds-Scarlett Johansson split: Who gets 'The Whale'?

December 14, 2010 |  3:23 pm

This is an updated version of a previous post. Please see the note at the bottom.

The sad news Tuesday of Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds' divorce conjures a lot of questions, like who gets the New York apartment, the L.A. home, maybe custody of the favorite frozen-yogurt joint. But what about "The Whale"?

Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson A several-ton orca looms over the Reynolds-Johansson split, in the form of a documentary narrated by Reynolds and executive produced by both actors. The film follows Luna, a killer whale separated from his pod near British Columbia — not far from where Johansson and Reynolds wed in a secret ceremony in September 2008.

"We have no reason to believe that their passion and commitment to this project will waver as a result of any changes in their personal lives," a producer for the film told the Ministry in an e-mail.

Reynolds, Johannson and other producers are in talks with distributors, aiming for a summer 2011 release.

If the film does see release, the couple would most likely endure promotional duties together. They won't be the only ones in that situation — in April, exes Courteney Cox and David Arquette will team to hype Wes Craven's "Scream 4." 

"The Whale" is an updated version of "Saving Luna," a documentary about the same whale that nabbed an audience award at the 2008 Santa Barbara Film Festival. An updated trailer featuring Reynolds' voice hit the Internet in August. 

For the record, 11:40 a.m. Wednesday: A previous version of this post referred to the killer whale being separated from its pack. Whales, of course, travel in pods -- it's celeb writers who travel in packs. Thanks to readers @Team Creanberry and @the_turk for the catch.


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Photo: Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson in happier times. Credit: Kevin Mazur.