A Spotlight-style movie about The New York Times’ Harvey Weinstein exposé is in the works

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Though the world may not appreciate hard-working journalists enough, we can always count on Hollywood to highlight important stories about the power of the press, like with Spotlight and The Post just in the last few years. This week, Annapurna Picture…

Annapurna, Plan B Team Up for Film About NY Times Investigation Into Harvey Weinstein

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Annapurna and Plan B Entertainment have teamed to acquire rights to develop a feature film about the investigation that led New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s to break the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long history of sexual harassment and assault, a source told TheWrap.

The scandal wound up being the biggest Hollywood has seen in decades, leading to a slew of powerful men in the industry, including Weinstein, to lose their positions of power.

The stories from Kantor and Twohey won The New York Times a Pulitzer Prize earlier this month.

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The upcoming film, which is in early development, will follow the investigation into Weinstein, not the man himself. The focus is on the team of reporters who tracked, chased and fought through threats to brake the story — think “Spotlight” or “All The President’s Men.”

Kantor and Twohey broke the story detailing Weinstein’s 30-year history of sexual harassment and assault in October last year. It included details of how Weinstein paid off accusers in attempts to hush them up for decades.

The New York Times story, and the many from the New Yorker and other outlets that followed, spotlighted a culture of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct that had run rampant in Hollywood.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Seeks Emails He Says Will Help Him ‘Defend Himself’ in Court

The reporting led to The Weinstein Co. board firing Weinstein, as other powerful men in the industry were also pushed out of their positions.

Weinstein is currently under criminal investigation in at least four jurisdictions, including New York, Los Angeles and London, as the company he founded preps to sell-off assets in bankruptcy court.

Plan B, the production partnership from Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, last year moved its production deal from New Regency to Megan Ellison’s Annapurna. The film the two have out coming under the new partnership is Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale.

A source confirmed that the rights deal was put together by Anonymous Content. The production and management company recently signed The New York Times to broker deals for movie and TV opportunities relating to its investigative journalism.

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Annapurna, Plan B Plot ‘Spotlight’-Like Movie On How NY Times Reporters Broke Harvey Weinstein Sex Scandal Story

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EXCLUSIVE: Annapurna and Plan B have partnered to acquire the rights to give Spotlight-like treatment to the story of how New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey worked with editor Rebecca Corbett to break the biggest scandal story Holly…

Quentin Tarantino: Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio Are the New Robert Redford and Paul Newman

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In an exciting but entirely predictable humblebrag, Sony Pictures lured their new creative partner Quentin Tarantino to CinemaCon 2018, where the movie-obsessed director charmed thousands of American exhibitors.

Appearing with his leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, Tarantino walked out onto The Forum stage at Caesar’s Palace with nary a concept image or additional cast to announce for his upcoming tenth film — “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — which Sony snatched from a wide field of competitors after the fall of Tarantino’s longtime distribution partner Harvey Weinstein.

“Sony and myself will be coming to the theaters with the most exciting star dynamic duo since Robert Redford and Paul Newman,” Tarantino promised the crowd.

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He’s referring to his other massive star, Brad Pitt, who will lead the project with DiCaprio. The men will play a faded TV star and his live-in stunt double searching for relevance in a changing Hollywood landscape in 1969.

Oh, and their neighbors are a nice couple named Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate.

“It takes place at the advent of the counterculture explosion. It takes place at the time of the hippie revolution and the height of new Hollywood,” Tarantino said.

He had no further details but promised that during production he would be transforming Los Angeles “street by street, block by block” to model exteriors in step with the period.

Sony’s Motion Picture Group President Tom Rothman called Tarantino’s script “the best I’ve had the privilege to read.”

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DiCaprio didn’t have much to add, finding it difficult to speak at length about a film that has yet to shoot “a single frame.”

The conversation ended with a rousing thank you from Tarantino to the theater owners for keeping the cinematic experience where it belongs –in their theater.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” hasn’t begun principal photography yet, but it has a release date.

The new Butch and Sundance will be coming at you on August 9, 2019.

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