A feature film is to be made on Harvey Weinstein sex scandal


The thrust of the film isn't Weinstein or his scandal. 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.

The story is based on how newspaper staffers Kantor and Twohey worked with editor Rebecca Corbett to bring to light Weinstein's sexual misconduct and backdoor deals made to intimidate and silence scores of women.

More stories started coming out shortly, including Ronan Farrow's The New Yorker report on Weinstein, which details even more of the producer's sexual indiscretions and actresses' accounts of their relationship with Weinstein. 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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While there is no writer or filmmaker on board, Plan B and Annapurna are not aiming to tell the tale of Weinstein or his purported crimes, but rather how the reporters faced down threats and intimidation to push through with one of the most important stories of the decade.

Weinstein has since been booted out of his own company, The Weinstein Company. Weinstein, 66, denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Weinstein's downfall led to the #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns and has sparked the beginning of a change in Hollywood with stars openly demanding improvement in gender and pay disparity, representation of different races, and fair treatment of women. The Weinstein allegations, however, simply pushed it forward and hard. Beyond cleaning Hollywood up, there are also efforts to create job opportunities for minorities and members of the LGBTQ community.