While reporting for the New York Times, investigative journalists Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey exposed decades' worth of sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, which ultimately resurged the #MeToo movement that Tarana Burke started in 2006. Then, they won a Pulitzer prize for their work. And then they released a book, She Said, detailing how they put together their groundbreaking story. Next? They're getting the movie treatment.
Variety reported yesterday that Rebecca Lenkiewicz—who penned acclaimed indie movies Disobedience (2017), starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, and Colette (2018), starring Keira Knightley—has been tapped to write a screenplay about the reporters' investigation.
The film will follow Kantor and Twohey during their toiling journey reporting on Weinstein's alleged cases of sexual abuse. The production "is being described as in the vein of All the President’s Men, a procedural that looks at the process by which investigative reporters chase leads and untangle scandals," Variety editor Brent Lang explained.
Kantor and Twohey's She Said, which was released in September, already gives a deeper look at the reporter's careful process behind breaking the Weinstein story, from tracing settlement documents, empowering victims to speak on the record, and getting celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, and Ashley Judd to talk.
Kantor and Twohey in May 2018
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Lenkiewicz's undertaking does not yet have a cast, title, or release date. Annapurna and Plan B teamed up for rights to the film last year, per Deadline.
The upcoming project would not be the only work featuring major, real-life scandals of #MeToo. The highly-anticipated Bombshell, which details the sexual misconduct allegations against Fox News' Roger Ailes, arrives in theaters this December, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie. The story was also brought to TV via Showtime's miniseries The Loudest Voice, starring Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, and Sienna Miller.
From Harper's Bazaar U.S.