Back in 2019, Ronan Farrow wrote a massively popular book titled Catch and Kill, which dramatized the reporter’s efforts to take down Harvey Weinstein and other powerful people in entertainment and politics accused of sex crimes. The book not only detailed Weinstein’s efforts to beat back the stories – including the use of spies and surveillance – but got into the blocking of Weinstein’s reporting by his then-bosses at NBC News.
Perhaps it’s because Farrow, the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, comes from a showbiz family, but it always appeared inevitable that a movie would be made of Catch and Kill. It’s a hugely cinematic story, with a clear hero and villain, with Hollywood likely to have interest in piling on Harvey, a guy who made a lot of people in town miserable for decades.
But no such film ever came about. Last week, however, it was announced that Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan would star in She Said, a movie based on the New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s own work in bringing down Weinstein. The Times duo broke the Weinstein story first, although Farrow’s had additional detail when it ran in The New Yorker; all three won Pulitzer Prizes.
While we’re still waiting for that Ronan Farrow movie, HBO has announced plans for a true-crime series based both on Farrow’s book and the tie-in podcast.
Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes will be a six-hour show which, per The Hollywood Reporter, “re-creates Farrow’s interviews with whistleblowers, journalists, private investigators, and other sources as he investigated allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at the now-jailed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.” It is part of the deal Farrow has with HBO, and it debuts July 12; the recent documentary series Allen v. Farrow was also on HBO.
Why haven’t we had that Catch and Kill movie yet? Perhaps filmmakers are skittish about essentially calling an entire network, NBC, complicit in Weinstein’s crimes, or perhaps it’s questions raised in the Times last year about the reporter’s methods. But I’d still love to see a fiction film, featuring Farrow dodging wiretaps and Israeli spies.