Director Brett Ratner, who was replaced at the last minute as the 2012
The academy said Wednesday that its capital campaign, launched in 2012 to build a museum in partnership with the
"I feel blessed to be part of such a magnificent museum," Ratner, the director of the "Rush Hour" movies, said in a statement. "I was blown away by the recent Kubrick exhibit at
Ratner, who was to have joined with veteran producer Don Mischer to helm the
Following a screening of his
Ratner apologized, but the drumbeat of criticism continued, culminating in Ratner's resignation. His Oscar host and "Tower Heist" star
"Brett has a sincere love of movies and film history, and we are excited to welcome him to our group of supporters," Bill Kramer, the museum's managing director of development, said in a statement.
The planned museum is designed by Italian architect