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04/06/2018 10:36 BST

Brian De Palma's Plans For A Harvey Weinstein-Inspired Horror Film Have Not Gone Down Well

Too soon?

Screenwriter Brian De Palma’s choice to create a horror film based around the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations has been met with a mixed reception online.

Over the weekend, Brian told Le Parisien that he was working on a project inspired by the Weinstein accusations, after a number of women came forward to accuse the movie mogul of varying levels of sexual harassment and abuse (Weinstein has denied all allegations of what he has described as “non-consensual sex”).

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Brian, who helmed films including ‘Carrie’, ‘Scarface’ and ‘Mission: Impossible’, said: “I’m writing a film about this scandal, a project I’m talking about with a French producer.

“My character won’t be named Harvey Weinstein, but it will be a horror film, with a sexual aggressor, and it will take place in the film industry.”

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However, the news hasn’t been well-received by everyone, with many on social media that it’s too soon to be using the Weinstein saga, which helped shine a light on both the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, as a launch-pad for entertainment:

David Mamet was met with a similar reaction earlier this year when it was revealed that he had penned a play about the Harvey Weinstein allegations, while Ryan Murphy was also criticised when he said he was planning a new show called ‘Consent’, inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Last month, Weinstein was charged with rape and a criminal sex act after alleged attacks on two women, to which his lawyers suggested at the time that the former Miramax boss intended to plead not guilty.