Lady Gaga was in talks to voice cartoon flapper Betty Boop in Simon Cowell's upcoming Betty Boop feature film project, according to a series of leaked emails from the Sony Pictures hack published by Wikileaks.
Gaga was also in discussions to contribute music to the film as of last fall.
Business Insider has since learned the film is going to another studio however, and that Lady Gaga will not be involved.
In an email sent by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures vice president of production Lauren Abrahams on October 10th, 2014, Abrahams writes to then Sony Pictures co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and Motion Pictures Group President Doug Belgrad that "I wanted to make sure Syco/Animal Logic’s Betty Boop project is on your radar. Lady Gaga is attached to voice Betty Boop & do some of the music."
Abrahams then mentions that "Neither of us thinks we should do it, and we’ve also run the brand by marketing who aren’t inclined either," and questions the appeal of the film because "it feels weirdly sexualized yet childlike (esp with Gaga) and not sure really who it’s for in a big mainstream way."
Belgrad replies that "It sounds kind of weird to me to be honest. I don't mind if we don't chase it."
Abrahams then says she agrees, and mentions that "MGM is going to buy it."
Betty Boop was potentially going to be made by Fleischer Studios, who own the rights to Betty Boop, and produced by Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic Entertainment.