The story of Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and their coverage of and roles in taking down disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, is becoming a feature film.
Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna are teaming for the screen rights to the story from both the reporters and The New York Times. No writer or director is attached at this time.
The aim isn’t to tell Weinstein’s story or his purported crimes, rather to focus on how the reporters faced down threats and intimidation to get the story out there. Films like “All the President’s Men” and “Spotlight” are considered touchstones for what the film is trying to do.
The pair, who shared their Pulitzer with Ronan Farrow for his subsequent work in The New Yorker, published the story in October last year and included on-the-record quotes and investigative reporting on alleged sexual abuse and cover up by Weinstein – one of the most awarded and respected movie moguls of the modern age.
The story had an immediate impact – Weinstein was fired from his company and AMPAS, and his fall saw not only more women come forward with Weinstein stories but began revealing other alleged abuses by others in the industry.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements were born in the wake of the claims and are still very much in the news to this day.