Harvey Weinstein-inspired horror flick in the works and it's set in the 'film industry'

While based on the scandal — perhaps the biggest that rocked Hollywood in the past year — Palma explained that the character credits won't include the name "Harvey Weinstein"


                            Harvey Weinstein-inspired horror flick in the works and it's set in the 'film industry'
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As if the all-encompassing media coverage surrounding the Harvey Weinstein scandal was not enough, Hollywood filmmaker Brian de Palma is now planning on making a movie inspired by the movie mogul, who faces numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

Speaking with French publication Le Parisien, the 77-year-old director who has hits like 'Scarface', 'Dressed to Kill', and 'Carrie' to his credits, revealed that he is working on the horror flick with a French producer, whose name was not disclosed. 

And while the film will be based on the scandal — perhaps the biggest that rocked Hollywood in the past year — Palma explained that the character credits won't include the name "Harvey Weinstein". 

Harvey Weinstein arrives for arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Courthouse (Getty)

“I am writing a film about this scandal, which I am currently discussing with a French producer,” Palma told the outlet, as quoted by Entertainment Weekly. “My character won’t be named Harvey Weinstein, but it will be a horror film, with a sexual aggressor, and it will take place in the film industry,” the horror movie specialist added.

The news comes following the recent arrest of the media mogul, who was indicted on account of multiple charges of sexual abuse, rape, criminal sex act, and sexual misconduct after Weinstein himself handed himself in to New York police last week. 

The charges, however, are in relation to incidents involving two women, one unnamed and the other identified as former actress Lucia Evans, according to BBC.  

“We remind everyone that an Indictment is merely a formal accusation,” Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein’s lawyer, said after Weinstein was indicted.

Activists in a demonstration for women's rights (Getty)

 

He added, “Mr Weinstein intends to enter a plea of Not Guilty and vigorously defend against these unsupported allegations that he strongly denies. We will soon formally move to dismiss the indictment and if this case actually proceeds to trial, we expect Mr. Weinstein to be acquitted.”

However, with a Weinstein-inspired movie in the works, director Palma is also hopeful that the #MeToo movement and the conversation around the subject would be reflected in cinema as well. 

"It will be interesting to see when women start controlling the aesthetic, what is going to happen," he said. "It would be interesting to see if their gaze is so much different than ours. Because a lot of movies are about the male gaze, what the male sees."