Gross misconduct, gun-fu, good-bye ‘Wife’ and ‘Fight’
Quentin Tarantino & Lupita Nyong’o open up on Weinstein scandal
The Weinstein scandal has been struck with several new developments, including long-time Weinstein confidant and director Quentin Tarantino breaking his silence on the subject. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” the director admitted, expressing wishes he’d spoken out sooner. Tarantino has been a close friend of the Weinsteins and has been tied to the Weinstein Company for decades, releasing most of his films including Inglorious Basterds and The Hateful Eight through their distribution.
Lupita Nyong’o, in a personal op-ed, gave an account of her experiences with Harvey Weinstein. In it she alleges the producer acted with gross misconduct towards her as early as her drama school student days. “If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing,” she attested.
Netflix welcomes Kate – hi Kate!
Netflix has commissioned a female-led action film dubbed Kate. Umair Aleem’s script follows a hard-boiled woman desperately trying to solve her own murder. Producers attached include Kelly McCormick from Atomic Blonde and David Leitch, co-director of John Wick. We get a sense of the tone Netflix is hoping to strike with Kate: kinetic, fast-paced gun-fu with proper fighting action.
The production has already been granted $25m to get started, as Netflix gears up its filmmaking division. This year the streaming service has released the likes of 1922 and will tie off the year with the Will Smith fantasy-thriller vehicle Bright. Kate is part of Netflix’s broader approach to get serious creating original films, and we’re more than happy to see a crunchy action flick with a female protagonist brought to life.
The Good Wife creators oversee new show on Showtime
Showtime has given the creators of The Good Wife a series commitment on a whole new story handpicked by them. Your Honor, a legal thriller unearthing secrets & surprises throughout Chicago, was written and overseen by Peter Moffat (The Last Post) and created by Robert and Michelle King.
With The Good Wife and The Good Fight, the Kings clearly display clout in the world of television, having created some stellar television with their keen eye for great stories. We’re excited to see whatever Your Honor evolves into.