And we're onboard
The past year has been a watershed moment for women, with the New York Times‘ investigation of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, seeing over 85 women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against the 66-year-old.
The multiple reports of not only harassing female employees, but also paying off his accusers for decades, are said to date back 3o years, with the revelations leading to Weinstein getting fired from his own company and a third of its all-male board resigning – not to mention, prompting the global #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Now, over six months after the scandal, it has been announced that Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is continuing the conversation, with E! News confirming that the 54-year-old is producing a film about the Harvey Weinstein investigation.
That’s right. And it’s confirmed, with Brad’s production company, Plan B, already purchasing the rights to the project, with Annapurna Pictures.
The film will be based on the New York Times‘ coverage of Harvey Weinstein, following the 10 month investigation by journalists Jodi Kantor and Mean Twohey.
While the project makes for surprising news, Brad’s involvement doesn’t, with the issue undoubtedly being close to his heart, with two of his exes Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie coming forward as victims of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment during the investigation.
‘I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,’ Gwyneth Paltrow explained of being sexually harassed by Weinstein during filming for Emma, explaining how she confided in her boyfriend Brad at the time, who confronted the producer about the incident, telling him repeatedly that it better ‘never happen again.’
The confrontation occurred at a Hollywood party around 1995, a source told People, explaining: ‘Brad threatened Harvey. He got right in his face, poked him in the chest and said, “You will not ever do this to Gwyneth ever again.” He made it absolutely clear this was not going to happen again and it didn’t.’
The source continued: ‘Gwyneth was someone important to him and he did what he thought was right. He didn’t think about the consequences to his career that might come from confronting Harvey; he just did what he needed to.’
Brad’s ex-wife Angelina Jolie also spoke out about Harvey, explaining to the New York Times, ‘I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did. This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.’
There’s no word yet as to when the film will be released, but given the subject matter, we’re sure the whole world will be tuning in.