Though the world may not appreciate hard-working journalists enough, we can always count on Hollywood to highlight important stories about the power of the press, like with Spotlight and The Post just in the last few years. This week, Annapurna Pictures and Plan B have announced another “journalists are the real heroes” movie, and this one will be extremely timely. As reported by Deadline, the studios have acquired the rights to tell the story of Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the two New York Times reporters who worked with editor Rebecca Corbett to break the Pulitzer-winning exposé on Harvey Weinstein and the harassment allegations that quickly toppled his empire.
As we all surely know since this just happened last year, the fallout from the Times story—as well as Ronan Farrow’s equally explosive and Pulitzer-winning New Yorker investigation—set off the collapse of The Weinstein Company and helped launch the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, inspiring more people to tell their own stories of abuse and harassment. The Deadline post says this won’t be a movie about Harvey Weinstein and these scandals, though, as it will primarily focus on “an all-women team of journalists who persevered through threats of litigation and intimidation” to publish a “game-changing story,” and it will be told in a “procedural manner like Spotlight and All The President’s Men.”
This all sounds very early, with no directors or writers or actors attached just yet, but hopefully whoever makes this remembers to include the moment when Weinstein tried to dismiss the allegations by saying “the story sounds so good, I want to buy the movie rights.”