The first Hollywood feature that will explicitly portray the scandal of the Harvey Weinstein affair is set to begin production this summer, Universal Pictures announced this Monday.
“She Said” is inspired by the book “She Said: Behind the Scenes of the Report That Boosted #MeToo”, released in 2019. The piece is about the investigation by the American newspaper The New York Times into the sexual abuse allegations against Weinstein.
Actresses Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are in talks to play the two journalists — Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor — who wrote the book and won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 2017.
After the first prosecution case against Weinstein was published in the New York Times and New Yorker magazine, about 100 women raised new allegations of sexual abuse against the producer, who was then one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood.
In March 2020, Weinstein, who denied having had non-consensual sex, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual abuse. He is now seeking a retrial, while facing possible extradition to Los Angeles to be the target of new rape allegations.
The book “She Said” focuses on the backstage of months of investigations and legal hurdles Twohey and Kantor faced in publishing the reports.
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