Carrie director, Brian de Palma, has revealed details about a new project he’s working on which has been inspired by the recent scandal surrounding the 66-year-old Hollywood film producer, Harvey Weinstein, who’s been accused by multiple women of unwanted sexual harassment and abuse.
De Palma recently teased the project during a press tour in France for his new book, Are Snakes Necessary? He described this new project as “a horror film, with a sexual aggressor,” adding it would take place “within the context of sexual harassment in Hollywood.” Brian De Palma’s horror project takes inspiration from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and is expected to shoot in Toronto, with the Toronto Film Festival reportedly serving as the backdrop for the action and intrigue.
Ben Saïd, who produced De Palma’s film Passion (2012) starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, will produce Predator with partner Michel Merkt. Saïd confirmed the project and its title, but noted production wouldn’t begin for another year.
As for Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul was recently indicted by a New York grand jury on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act. Weinstein was arrested and arraigned at the end of May after turning himself into authorities. Last fall, dozens of women came forward with accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Weinstein that stretched back several decades.
In a previous interview with AFP, De Palma said that he knew “a lot of people involved” in the recent scandals and that he had “heard stories over the years”.
As a result of the allegations against Weinstein from over 70 women – including actresses Rose McGowan and Lucia Evans – there has been a rise in the #MeToo movement which ignites sexual harassment. This movement has the potential to change the subject of films and how they are made. As De Palma said: “It will be interesting to see when women start controlling the aesthetic, and what is going to happen. It would be interesting to see if their gaze is so much different than ours. Because a lot of movies are about the male gaze, what the male sees.”
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Text: Ella Buxton
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