Weinstein scandal inspires script for horror film

Brian De Palma

PARIS • With disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein surrendering to the police, the arresting developments in Hollywood's sex scandal have inspired director Brian De Palma to write a script.

"It is a horror film, with a sexual aggressor, and the story will take place within the film industry," he told French daily Parisien.

In a separate interview with Agence France-Presse, he said: "I have been following the news very closely because I know a lot of the people involved."

He had heard stories over the years about abuse and casting couches, added the veteran film-maker in Paris, where he had just published his first novel in French.

"I always reacted very strongly to anybody who was doing such things. And you would hear stories about the most notorious people."

De Palma has had run-ins with the media over his treatment of women characters in his films, but he argued that the violence they faced was necessary for the stories to work.

"I would get that question year after year and I would always give the same answer," he told Agence France-Presse. "But fortunately, Quentin Tarantino took over that problem. They started asking him that question and they forgot about me.

"I was accused of putting women in jeopardy and I said this is a suspense movie. A woman presents a more vulnerable creature. To me, it was just part of the genre and I never thought it was anything sexist," said the maker of the first Mission: Impossible (1996) film.

De Palma said the #MeToo movement was not just changing the pay and working conditions of women in Hollywood, but could also alter what movies are about.

"It would be interesting to see if their gaze is so much different than ours. Because a lot of movies are about... what the male sees."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Weinstein scandal inspires script for horror film'. Print Edition | Subscribe