The patriarch is toppling in Hollywood in 2017.
Men like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. who allegedly used their power to harass and abuse women and men are being exposed. And studios and distributors that want to be on the right side of history are distancing themselves from them.
While some projects tied to these marred men—such as Quentin Tarantino’s next movie—will survive without their involvement, other works of art will be lost as casualties of this revolution.
These movies are gone:
- I Love You, Daddy: Louis C.K.’s first film since the 2001 film, Pootie Tang, hit a little too close to home. It featured an uncomfortable scene in which a character mimes masturbation at length in front of others including a female character, played by Edie Falco, and is utterly unperturbed by her reaction. Distributor The Orchard dropped the movie after a New York Times exposé revealed the comedian, himself, masturbated in front of women without their consent.
- Kevin Spacey’s performance in All the Money in the World: Director Ridley Scott is ripping Spacey’s scenes from the film, and reshooting them with Christopher Plummer in the role. The movie is still set to be released on Dec. 22.
- Gore: Netflix canned its Gore Vidal biopic, which starred and was produced by Spacey.
- Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock: Channing Tatum pulled what would have been his directorial debut from The Weinstein Company, which was developing the project. The movie, based on a young-adult novel of the same name, was about a teenager who turns to violence after being sexually abused.
- Game Change: HBO pulled the plug on an adaptation of the 2016 edition of the book, Game Change, by political journalists Mark Halperin and John Keilemann. This was after Halperin was accused of sexual harassment. Publisher Penguin also cancelled the book’s release.
So are these TV shows:
- David O. Russell upcoming Amazon series: The untitled project, starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro, was scrapped amid allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The Weinstein Company was a producer on the show. And it was picked up by former Amazon Studios boss Roy Price, who was also ousted after being accused of sexual harassment.
- Louie: There was talk of another season of the FX comedy before creator and star Louis C.K. was embroiled in controversy. The network has cut ties with the comedian, ended its overall deal with his production house, Pig Newton, and fired him from the shows he was producing for the network, including Better Things, Baskets, One Mississippi, and The Cops. “Now is not the time for him to make TV shows,” the company said in a statement.
- Untitled Elvis biopic: Apple exited a deal with The Weinstein Company for a TV mini-series about Elvis Presley that was rumored to be part of a larger anthology series about the lives of famous musicians.
- Louis C.K.’s next special: Netflix cancelled its second of two stand-up specials set to star the comedian. HBO also booted him from its charity event, ”Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs,” and ripped his existing standup specials from its on-demand library.
- Transparent: Jeffrey Tambor walked away from the groundbreaking TV show in which he stars as a transgender woman amid sexual-harassment allegations. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent,” he told Deadline. The production, which was due to return for a fifth season in 2018, is pondering ways to write out its main character.
- House of Cards: Kevin Spacey was fired from the Netflix show, following allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. The show is figuring out how to proceed without its lead, Frank Underwood. The sixth and final season was filming when the scandal broke.
- Two BBC shows starring Ed Westwick: The Gossip Girl actor was accused of sexual assault by three women. He was set to appear in a miniseries adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence this Christmas, but broadcaster BBC One said the show will not be scheduled “until these matters are resolved.” He was also suspended from filming the comedy White Gold, which airs on BBC Two in the UK and Netflix globally.
- Hugh Hefner biopic: Playboy paused a planned biopic about Hugh Hefner after producer Brett Ratner was accused of sexual-harassment. Warner Bros. is also distancing itself from his production company RatPac-Dune Entertainment, which produced films like Justice League and Wonder Woman. Ratner will not be involved in the Wonder Woman sequel.
There are others from The Weinstein Company in various stages of development that are now up in the air (paywall). Movies like The Current War, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, have been pushed to 2018. A few—like the Manson family flick from Tarantino that moved to Sony—will go on without the Weinsteins.
Meanwhile, CBS is looking into allegations against Jeremy Piven, who stars in its new drama, Wisdom of the Crowd. The actor vehemently asserted his innocence, and the broadcaster has not said anything about the fate of the show.
Matthew Weiner, who has an upcoming drama series, The Romanoffs, that Amazon Studios recently cut the Weinstein Company out of, was also accused of sexual harassment (paywall) on the set of his award-winning TV show Mad Men. Amazon has not announced any further changes to the show.
And other like Andy Dick and Chris Savino have been dropped from projects because of sexual-harassment claims.