There is no question at this point regarding the fall of Harvey Weinstein amidst the slew of sexual misconduct allegations against him that surfaced over six months ago. His deplorable acts not only resulted in him being blacklisted from the film industry on nearly every front, but allowed other victims of sexual abuse to come out resulting in accusations against other Hollywood big-shots such as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and Brett Ratner.
It looks like this event in history will ironically be getting the Hollywood treatment as the scandal will be made into a feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The film will not center itself around Weinstein however but will focus on the efforts of New York Times journalists, Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey whose investigation exposed Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct against a number of women, paying off accusers for decades. Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B will pick up the screen rights from the reporters and The New York Times.
Kantor and Twohey’s efforts into exposing Weinstein would make for an interesting and informative story along with the contributions made by Ronan Farrow from The New Yorker. One can’t help but compare this to recent Best Picture winner Spotlight, which told the real-life story of the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child sexual abuse among its priests. Annapurna Pictures and Plan B Entertainment will be adapting this story as they are known to have undertaken some real life accounts with films like Zero Dark Thirty and The Big Short respectively.
There will likely be some who would consider this another Hollywood film profiting off tragedy and this may even stir up some controversy. However, films have proven to tell stories that many people may not know of and would further highlight the issues at hand. Plus, much of our knowledge of history is due to the art form of films such as Saving Private Ryan and countless biopics on historical figures like Gandhi. Let’s hope they do this one justice to the journalists and the victims.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter