The first Hollywood feature film to focus directly on the Harvey Weinstein scandal is set to begin production in the summer, Universal Pictures said Monday.
She Said is based on the 2019 book of the same name about the New York Times investigation into sexual misconduct claims by Weinstein.
Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are in final negotiations to play the two journalists – Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor – who wrote the book and who won the Pulitzer Awards for their October 2017 report on the story.
About 100 women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, then one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, after initial stories broke in the New York Times and the New Yorker.
Weinstein, who denied having sex with anyone without consensual consent, was sentenced in New York in March 2020 to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault involving two women. He has appealed the conviction and is seeking a new trial, while also being extradited to Los Angeles to face further rape charges.
The She Said book focuses on the months of behind-the-scenes investigations and legal obstacles Twohey and Kantor faced in getting their reports published.
While the Weinstein scandal has been the subject of several documentaries and inspired films and TV shows like The Assistant and The Morning Show, She Said is the first feature film based on the claims made against the producer himself.
The direction is in the hands of the German filmmaker Maria Schrader. No expected release date was announced.