Louis C.K.’s fall from grace will now be at the center of a #MeToo documentary for Showtime.
The network announced plans for a documentary about C.K. after he stepped away from projects in 2017 following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. The “Louie” creator recently won his third Grammy for a 2020 self-released comedy special “Sincerely, Louis C.K.” and debuted the film “Fourth of July” earlier this summer.
“Louis C.K. is a slightly different situation [compared to Harvey Weinstein],” Showtime CEo, Paramount+ chief content officer, and Paramount TV head of scripted originals David Nevins said during the Edinburgh TV Festival in Scotland, as reported by Variety. “[He is] a great, great comedian who has come back in his own way.”
The documentary will involve the New York Times reporters who broke the story that C.K. had been accused of masturbating in front of five women. The documentary, which is directed by Caroline Suh (“Blackpink: Light Up the Sky,” “Salt Fat Acid Heat”) and produced by Amanda Branson-Gill (“Mrs. America”) and The New York Times, is still currently in production and will focus on reflecting on the five years since the allegations came to light at the start of the #MeToo movement.
“I don’t think the social change that #MeToo has brought about is resolved at all,” Nevins explained. “There’s a bit of backlash against #MeToo, who has to go away and who’s allowed to come back.”
Netflix, HBO, and FX (where had an overall deal) cut ties with C.K. following the allegations of the comedian exposing himself to women. C.K. issued a statement at the time of the accusations, saying, “These stories are true. When you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”
C.K. later went on a 24-city, sold-out nationwide tour in 2021.
“These big brands can’t have Louis C.K. starring in a movie. Disney can’t have Louis C.K. But a little black box comedy club can do whatever they want,” Wolov said of C.K.’s comedy tours. “Everyone is about the bottom line. If Louis can sell tickets for a small comedy club, then they will.”
She added, “I don’t believe in cancel culture, but obviously, Louis is not canceled. He seems fine to me. He’s touring. He’s selling out. He’s winning Grammys.”