she said

I discovered something I am really excited about at lunch today …

According to an article by Lucy Cocoran published on marie claire, Brad Pitt is set to produce a new movie, which will reportedly detail “the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal” and the New York Times heroes reporters, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who “exposed the media mogul for his gross abuse of power and sexual misconduct”.

Based on the book by Kantor and Twohey, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (the #MeToo movement to be exact), the film – titled She Said – will reportedly be “directed by Maria Schrader and the script will be written by Oscar-winner Rebecca Lenkiewicz”.

As Cocoran writes, the film will star Carrie Mulligan (of Promising Young Woman fame) as Twohey, and Zoe Kazan as Kantor. And while it will centre “on Weinstein and his crimes, its predominant focus is on the all-female team of journalists who persevered against all odds”.

In a 2019 interview with CNN Pitt spoke about his encounter with Weinstein after the movie mogul allegedly made unwanted advances towards Pitt’s then girlfriend, Gwyneth Paltrow.

“At that moment, I was just a boy from the Ozarks on the playground … and that’s … and that’s how we confronted with things.

“I just wanted to make sure nothing was going to happen further …

“I think the interesting thing is that we, Hollywood specifically, but the workplace, men and women’s dynamics is being recalibrated, recalibrated in a very good way that is long overdue.

“And I do think that’s an important story to tell,” he says in the interview.

Given that the #MeToo movement and the way it has been framed in the news media was the topic of my Master’s research project that I completed this trimester, and given that I have had a huge interest in this story since that infamous New York Times piece, I cannot wait for this film to come out.
And in the meantime, while we wait for a release date, I’m equally as excited about discovering Kantor and Twohey’s book. I’ve been looking for something to read and I think I may have just found it.

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement is available on amazon and booktopia. You are welcome 😉

x G.

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey speaking about their Weinstein investigation and their book She Said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Source: YouTube The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11 September 2019.

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