20th Century Fox is not moving ahead with its biopic about heiress Patty Hearst and her kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army at 19. The project was to have been directed by “Logan” helmer James Mangold.
In a statement issued late Thursday, the studio said: “Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book American Heiress.” Elle Fanning was on board to portray Hearst, and the project was heading toward a spring start.
The move comes after the real Hearst blasted the book’s author Jeffrey Toobin whose work also is behind the upcoming CNN documentary airing in February. CNN has not yet determined a response to Hearst’s statement.
Hearst slammed both CNN and Fox saying she was inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes and taking a stand with the #MeToo movement. She says:
“[the book] romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure… [I’m] saddened and appalled that Fox 2000 agreed to finance and produce a movie based on Toobin’s book (with a similarly themed screenplay, also written by men) and that CNN has agreed to continue to perpetuate a one-sided dialogue romanticizing my torture and rape by hosting a podcast and docuseries through Toobin’s distorted lens.
I refuse to give Jeffrey Toobin, 21st Century Fox, CNN or anyone else involved in these projects about my life the power to make me a victim again, or the power to provide a platform where victim blaming is OK.”