Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s scandal centred around sexual harassment and abuse claims will now be developed into a feature film, relaying the story of the ongoing investigation of the claims.
The story made it to the world headlines when the New York Times broke the story that accused Hollywood producer of a series of sexual assaults by more than 80 actresses. Annapurna Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment acquired the film rights to the story by journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the story on NYT.
Annapurna spokeswoman Ashley Momtaheni announced the making of a dramatised feature film on the investigation on Wednesday. The forthcoming film will show the journalists' story came together after women in Hollywood made an effort to come out in the open with their personal horror stories -- that started the campaign #MeToo with more women finding the courage to narrate their ordeal in real life.
The film, as Momtaheni announced, will be treated in a similar way to 2015 Oscar winner "Spotlight" that dealt with Boston Globe's reporting on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The film is not expected to focus on Weinstein himself, Momtaheni added.
The original investigation by the two journalists into Weinstein's alleged behaviour was published in October last year. They were in fact, honoured last week with a Pulitzer Prize, the highest honour in American journalism, along with Ronan Farrow who reported on Weinstein for the New Yorker magazine.
Annapurna has partnered in the past on films with The Weinstein Company, Weinstein's former production company which is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Plan B is best known for producing three Oscar best picture winners, 2006's "The Departed," 2013's "12 Years a Slave" and 2016's "Moonlight."