How do you create a documentary when no one with real answers will talk to you? That’s the difficult question the filmmakers behind the new movie, Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, struggled with. Why? Well, Matt Damon once told author Peter Biskind that Weinstein was like the scorpion who bites the frog who is ferrying him across the river, dooming them both to die. “‘Why did you do that?’ asks the dying frog. The scorpion just looks down at him and says, ‘Because I’m a scorpion, it’s my nature.'”
The co-founder of Miramax (with his brother, Bob), Weinstein is co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, the production company responsible for such recent Oscar hits as The Reader, Inglourious Basterds, and The Kings Speech. It’s been nearly decades since Pulp Fiction, but Weinstein is still the loudest voice in the room. Still, it seems like a few peers talked. Watch the trailer below:
What do you all think? I’m personally curious to see who else they wrangled up to participate. Obviously, Martin Scorsese brings some star power, but his career is already secure. It’ll be interesting to see the final product and see who else will speak on camera. Will they employ voice-changing technology and a fuzzy blue dot to protect people who don’t want to get stung?
The film will air on SundanceNow.com Oct. 7. (Funny, it didn’t get a distribution deal…?)