As the four-year anniversary of the New York Times's groundbreaking Harvey Weinstein exposé approaches, a big-screen movie adaptation is in the works.
Per Deadline, Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are in talks to play Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, whose months-long investigation of Weinstein's history of sexual assault and harassment sparked a long-overdue cultural reckoning around abuse. Titled She Said, the upcoming Universal Pictures drama is based on Twohey and Kantor's bestselling 2019 book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.
The book has been adapted for the screen by Oscar-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz, and the film will be directed by Maria Schrader, who's best known for directing the acclaimed Netflix miniseries Unorthodox.
There's something intensely intriguing about the downfall of a legendary movie mogul becoming a major motion picture in its own right. Since the book She Said features multiple appearances from Weinstein himself—who became increasingly belligerent toward the reporters as their story gathered steam— there's also an intriguing question about who will play that role. But importantly, this is not a movie about Weinstein, or even his abusive and criminal behavior.
As Deadline emphasizes, the film is about an all-female team of journalists "who persevered through threats of litigation and intimidation, told in a procedural manner like Spotlight and All the President’s Men." Fittingly, the behind-the-scenes team on the film is also predominantly female—alongside writer Lenkiewicz and director Schrader, Oscar-winning producer Megan Ellison is also on board.
In addition to sparking the #MeToo movement, Twohey and Kantor's reporting (followed by that of Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker) led to a criminal investigation of Weinstein, who was ultimately sentenced to 23 years in prison last year.
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