2017 was a lot about the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.
The first investigation, the unearthing of the scandal and the reporting was done by the New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who went on to win the Pulitzer. The story of the Hollywood mogul will now receive the Hollywood treatment.
Annapurna and Plan B, have jointly bought the screen rights from the two reporters and The New York Times. Annapurna, a media banner of Megan Elllison, has made movies like Detroit and Phantom Thread. While Plan B, a production company headlined by Brad Pitt, has churned out 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight.
The Times is represented by the production management company Anonymous Content. The company has previously produced the Oscar-winning movie ‘Spotlight’, which was about The Boston Globe's investigation to uncover the child sex abuse scandal by the Roman Catholic priests. However, they are not in association for the production of the Weinstein movie.
As of now, no writers or filmmakers have been finalized for the project. The movie will focus on the reporters’ account of the kind of threats, warnings and the dire consequences they were told they’d face during the expose.
Kantor and Twohey’s Pulitzer Prize was also shared by Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker, who also played a key role in the investigation.
It was on October 5 that the first story about the expose was published by The New York Times. Headlined: “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades", it was a mix of quotes from the abused and investigative reporting of the journos.
Following the story, Harvey, the Hollywood mogul, was sacked and thrown out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It also triggered the other who were abused but kept a silence on the matter to come out and speak about it.
#MeToo and Time's Up movements were also birthed around the same time in the wake of this incident.
Information source: hollywoodreporter
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