New York Times' Reporting On Harvey Weinstein Scandal To Get Film Treatment


Deadline reports the film will focus less on Weinstein's scandals and more on the all-women team of journalists who endured threats of litigation and intimidation amid their search for the truth.

Annapurna and Plan B are moving forward with a "Spotlight"-esque movie that documents Harvey Weinstein's downfall as the result of the New York Times' reporting". The article exposed decades of serious sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, then one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood.

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Kantor and Twohey's piece detailed numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein over the past several decades and led to Weinstein's firing as the co-chairman of the Weinstein company.

No writer, director or stars have been announced for the film about The New York Times, but according to Variety, "the project is sure to gain momentum very quickly". Plan B, the Brad Pitt-headlined production company behind Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight, and Annapurna, Megan Ellison's media banner that made Detroit and Phantom Thread, have partnered to acquire the rights to the behind-the-scenes story of the two reporters. Similar to journalism-focused films such as the Academy Award-winning Spotlight, the movie will unveil the true underdog heroes who went up against seemingly indestructible institutions and thankfully came out on top.

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That article, as well as the work of The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow, helped to galvanise the #MeToo movement and has exposed the abuses of power across various industries and won the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, reporters at the New York Times, were part of the driving force that ousted an abusive man from a position of power.

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