When it comes to horror films, we’re used to ghosts, vampires, zombies and more making us scream in theatres and giving us nightmares long after we’ve finished our popcorn. In a newly announced horror film based on the life of disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, all we need is the facts to make us check three times that our doors are locked at night.
The brainchild of writer and director Brian De Palma, who is best known for his films Mission: Impossible, Scarface and Carrie, a new film based on Harvey Weinstein will begin shooting in Toronto sometime in the next year. Speaking with French publication Le Parisien, De Palma confirmed that his next project will be inspired by Weinstein, saying “I am writing a film about this scandal, which I am currently discussing with a French producer. My character will not be called Harvey Weinstein. But it will be a horror movie, with a sexual aggressor, and it will happen in the film industry.” So yeah, it’s about Weinstein.
The film will centre around the Toronto International Film Festival, an event that was frequently attended by Weinstein. This won’t be totally new territory for De Palma, who set his 2002 thriller Femme Fatale at the Cannes Film Festival.
It’s not a huge surprise that Weinstein’s life is now inspiring a movie. The details of an A-list Hollywood producer covering up decades of alleged sexual assaults and harassments reads like something out of a Lifetime movie description. De Palma is one of a handful of directors drawing inspiration from Weinstein, with Ryan Murphy reportedly planning a #MeToo series that will focus on Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey and more. There is also a film in the works about Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the two journalists who helped bring Weinstein down with their piece in The New York Times. Personally, we’re much more interested in spending our money supporting that film than one that gives more publicity to Weinstein and other men who used their power to allegedly assault those around them.
Weinstein was indicted in two cases last week in the Manhattan Supreme Court, where he’s being accused of rape and sexual assault. After pleading not guilty, Weinstein was released on a $1 million cash bail and ordered to stay in New York state and wear an ankle monitor.
Since the first group of women bravely came forward in Kantor and Twohey’s article for The New York Times, more than 70 women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and in some cases rape, with events dating back to the 1990s.
The new horror film is reportedly titled Predator and is tentatively scheduled to begin filming in the summer of 2019. The title couldn’t be more fitting.