The Harvey Weinstein scandal certainly is horrific enough to be horror film material. In a time during which Hollywood is dealing with numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations, Brian De Palma is daring to take it to the big screen. Even though the Weinstein arrest was very recent, his problematic behavior of sexual harassment and intimidation goes back decades. De Palma, no stranger to these Weinstein stories heard over the years, is writing the script. This film takes on the challenging role of capturing the stories of the many victims of sexual harassment, giving voice to those that were silenced for far too long.

Exploring the scandal through film

According to Vanity Fair, the "Scarface" director aims to work on this project with a French producer.

The character will not literally be named after Weinstein, but the overall concept of a sexual aggressor in the film industry is obviously based on the film mogul. In a report by the BBC News, De Palma stated that directors have to gain the actors’ confidence and love and that violating this is the worst thing a director could do.

He also shared his belief that the #MeToo movement could change Movies, including the subjects and the production. According to the BBC news, De Palma is interested to see what will happen when women "start controlling the aesthetic," especially given that many movies are based on "what the males sees." De Palma previously dove deep into female pain, for instance, with the 1976 Stephen King adaption "Carrie." This movie could be another opportunity to delve deep into the pain of those on the receiving end of the intimidation and sexual harassment, highlighting the problems in a way that is relatable beyond Hollywood.

Other upcoming projects

This director is not alone in creating art based off of the recent scandal. The Vanity Fair states that other related works are also being created, including an anthology series called "Consent" by Ryan Murphy, a play called "Bitter Wheat" by David Mamet, and an upcoming movie based on the New York Times reporters (Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey) who broke the story.

Weinstein follow-up

Last October, the New York Times published the breaking story on the allegations against Weinstein. Celebrities such as actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd came forward. In the following months, there were more accusations and celebrity voices against Weinstein. According to The Telegraph, this resulted in impacts on him beyond just a tarnished reputation, such as being expelled by the Academy and being fired from the board of The Weinstein Company. According to the BBC News, Weinstein was recently indicted [VIDEO] on charges of rape, a criminal sex act, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct last week. His lawyer continues to deny the charges and Weinstein is expected to plead not guilty. He could face up to 25 years in prison.