Brad Pitt will produce an upcoming film chronicling the downfall of disgraced film exec Harvey Weinstein, whose alleged misdeeds helped fuel the #MeToo and Time's Up social movements against sexual misconduct and discrimination.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment, along with Annapurna Pictures acquired the rights to the story of how two New York Times reporters helped uncover scores of allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories by Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey led to the firing of Weinstein and helped a groundswell of support for the #MeToo and Time's Up movements to expose and eliminate sexual misconduct.
Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex as well as retaliation, saying in a statement through his lawyer that the Times piece from last October was "saturated with false and defamatory statements."
Pitt's untitled film, which doesn't have a script yet, will reportedly delve less into Weinstein's alleged misdeeds and more into the reporters' investigations -- and the fallout that they faced -- that led to his downfall.
Pitt's participation on the project is notable given his history with Weinstein.
The 54-year-old actor, who was dating Gwyneth Paltrow in 1996, reportedly confronted Weinstein that year after he allegedly touched Paltrow and made unwanted sexual advances. A source told ET last year that Pitt "felt compelled to confront" the producer, telling him repeatedly that it better "never happen again."
"Gwyneth was someone important to him and he did what he thought was right," the source said at the time. "He didn't think about the consequences to his career that might come from confronting Harvey; he just did what he needed to."
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