Brian De Palma will direct a Harvey Weinstein horror film set at TIFF

The Carrie and Scarface director joins a line of prominent artists making projects about the scandal.

The Carrie and Scarface director joins a line of prominent artists making projects about the scandal.

Harvey Weinstein along with his attorney Benjamin Brafman (L) appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, May 25, 2018. The former movie producer faces charges in connection with accusations made by aspiring actress Lucia Evans who has said that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in his Manhattan office in 2004. Weinstein has been accused by dozens of other women of forcing them into sexual acts using both pressure and threats. The revelations of the his behaviour helped to spawn the global #MeToo movement. (Steven Hirsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Director Brian De Palma has detailed a new horror movie that is inspired by Harvey Weinstein and will be set during the Toronto International Film Festival. 

The film will be called Predator, and De Palma, who is best known for iconic films such as Carrie, The Untouchables and Scarface, has said the character will be inspired by Weinstein, but will have a different name. "It will be a horror movie, with a sexual aggressor, and it will happen in the film industry," he told French publication Le Parisien

The film will be produced by Saïd Ben Saïd (Elle, Maps to the Stars) and could begin filming as soon as next summer. Reports say it will likely be shot in Toronto. 

This won't be the first film of De Palma's set during a film festival — 2002's Femme Fatale took place at Cannes — and TIFF has celebrated De Palma in the past, particularly during a career retrospective of the director back in 2016. Anyone following the Weinstein scandal will also remember that actress Mira Sorvino accused the powerful producer of misconduct dating back to TIFF in 1995, as she detailed to the New Yorker.

Some critics have pointed out the poor taste of making a Weinstein movie, with Vanity Fair highlighting that De Palma is not the only artist "eager to turn the Weinstein story into art." Ryan Murphy has announced a TV series about the #MeToo movement that resulted in the downfall of Weinstein, tentatively called Consent, and David Mamet has written a play about Weinstein called Bitter Wheat. Barry Avrich will also be making a followup to his 2011 documentary, Unauthorized: the Harvey Weinstein project.

Weinstein is currently in the New York Supreme Court on arraignment for rape and first-degree criminal sex act charges. Earlier today he pleaded not guilty.


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