Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

NYT journalists behind Harvey Weinstein expose to get a film

NYT journalists behind Harvey Weinstein expose to get a film

Two large Hollywood production companies have acquired the rights to develop a movie documenting the reporting of the Harvey Weinstein scandal conducted by the New York Times, in the vein of Oscar-winning film Spotlight.

Kantor and Twohey's exploits earned the duo a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Weinstein's alleged abuses (shared with Ronan Farrow for his work for The New Yorker). Investigators in Los Angeles, London, and NY have been looking at cases in which he might be charged with sexual assault or rape.

The film will focus on how the reporters worked in the face of threats and intimidation to bring out one of the most important stories of the decade. Now, the story of their journey to their Pulitzer Prize-winning piece will be told on the big screen.

According to the report in Variety, the film will not focus on the producer and the victims, but on the work done by Kantor and Twohey.

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Los Angeles- Harvey Weinstein sex scandal was the most powerful incident for Hollywood as more than 70 women came forward and spoke against the sexual abuse he had been doing over the years as being the most powerful figure of the industry.

It will be financed by Plan B, Brad Pitt's company, which backed 12 Years a Slave, and by Annapurna Pictures, whose founder, Megan Ellison, has been touted as the next Harvey Weinstein.

Annapurna has partnered in the past on films with The Weinstein Company, Weinstein's former production company which is now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He's now being investigated by law enforcement in New York, Los Angeles, and the United Kingdom - along with dozens of other high-profile men, from directors to executives to comedians to actors - as women slowly gathered enough courage to reveal their own assault stories. It detailed numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein over the past several decades, which led to Weinstein's firing as the co-chairman of the Weinstein Company.

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