Tuesday, June 8th 2021
Maria Schrader makes a Weinstein scandal film
The scandal surrounding him had triggered the #MeToo debate: In 2020, the film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to a long prison term for rape. Now, a film about the revelations in the case is to be directed by German actress and director Maria Schrader.
Maria Schrader is supposed to direct “She Said”, a film about the revelations in the Weinstein case. This is reported by the US industry magazine “Deadline”. The German actress and director is expected to shoot with 36-year-old Carey Mulligan and 37-year-old Zoe Kazan, who, according to the report, are currently in negotiations for the leading roles.
The film is said to revolve around the work of the two journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, whose “New York Times” reports on the sexual assault of the fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein also sparked the #MeToo debate. The former film producer was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape in early 2020. He appealed in April 2021.
Not Weinstein at the center of the film
The focus of the film, which is based on the bestseller “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement” by Kantor and Twohey, is supposed to be the research of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, not Weinstein himself.
According to the report, Universal Pictures is currently preparing for production, which is due to start in the summer. The script for “She Said” is said to come from the writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Emmy for Schrader for “Unorthodox”
A few months ago, Maria Schrader was the first German female director to receive the Emmy Award for her Netflix miniseries “Unorthodox”. “Unorthodox” is loosely based on the 2012 book of the same name by Deborah Feldman.
Shira Haas plays a young woman from Brooklyn who grows up in the Hasidic religious community of Satmarer. It’s a life she doesn’t want to live. And so one day she breaks away from the strict rules of the community in order to start a new life in Berlin.