The New York Film Festival has added “She Said” to their Spotlight program for this fall.
This is the Universal film directed by Maria Schrader about the fall of Harvey Weinstein and the start of the #MeToo movement. It’s based on the book by NY Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. They won Pulitzer Prizes for their work.
Zoe Kazan plays Kantor. Carey Mulligan is Twohey. It’s no doubt a well made film.
But will anyone care about all the gross things Harvey Weinstein did to women? At least pay money to see it on screen?
Ken Auletta’s book about Weinstein, “Hollywood Ending,” has sold fewer than 3,000 copies since it was released last month. It’s sitting at around number 12,000 on amazon.com.
Universal is hoping “She Said” will be like “Spotlight,” the Oscar winning movie about the Boston Globe investigation into pedophile priests. They don’t want it turn out like “Bombshell,” the movie about taking down Roger Ailes at Fox News. “Bombshell” was a box office bomb, taking in just $62 million worldwide. Ailes’s sexual harassments had a narrow audience. If Auletta’s book is any indication, the same may be true of Weinstein.
“She Said” will open officially in November.