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Harvey Weinstein's public fall from grace is the sort of thing you might expect to see in the movies. It seems Harvey Weinstein himself may have thought so. A report has come out recently that claims that, prior to turning himself into police last week, Weinstein was reaching out to his contacts in the industry to try and get a documentary film made about the scandal. Reportedly, the former studio head wanted to tell his side of the story.
The report comes from Page Six, which gets its information from an unnamed source, and Weinstein's representatives deny this happened at all, so nothing here is entirely clear. However, the source claims Harvey Weinstein had been in communication with many industry contacts about a potential documentary film from his point of view.
It was the end of last year when the first allegations against the head of The Weinstein Company showed up in print. Harvey Weinstein was accused of various forms of sexual harassment and misconduct with numerous women over the years that he had been a major player in the film industry. Over the ensuing weeks and months, more accusations began to be made, not only against Weinstein, but against numerous others in the entertainment industry, by women seemingly strengthened by the support being offered to the victims in the Weinstein affair. Things came to a head this past week when Weinstein turned himself over to authorities in Tribeca on charges of rape and related sexual assault.
The report doesn't seem to indicate that anybody who was allegedly contracted about this documentary idea was in any way receptive to the concept. It would seem to be a delicate tightrope to walk. Clearly, if Harvey Weinstein were looking to film a documentary, he was planning to make something sympathetic to his point of view, which certainly wouldn't be popular with Weinstein's accusers or their supports. It seems unlikely that anybody would want to get too deeply involved in this scandal right now.
Which doesn't mean that we won't be seeing movies about the Weinstein scandal in one form or another. It's already been reported that a deal is in the works to see a dramatic adaptation of the work of New York Times Reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey who originally broke the Weinstein story. The idea that we could see a documentary film about the events seems quite likely at some point, but odds are any attempt will try to take a neutral tone rather than the single perspective this idea would reportedly have had.
Of course, the other thing that needs to happen before any movie can really be made is that the story needs to have a definitive ending, and we're pretty far away from that moment now, so the rest will have to wait.
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