After the New York Times article in which 5 women allege sexual misconduct by comedian Louis C.K., the distributor behind his newest movie, "I Love You, Daddy," has -- to no one's surprise -- canceled the film's release.
The Orchard announced today that "It will not be moving forward with the release" of the movie, which was set to open next Friday, November 17.
Louis co-wrote, directed and stars in the comedy about a man who tries to stop his 17-year-old daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) from being seduced by a lecherous older filmmaker (John Malkovich). It costars Edie Falco, Charlie Day and Pamela Adlon.
It currently has a 58% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although many of those reviews were from September, when it premiered at the Toronto Film Fest. Among the early reviews, IndieWire's Eric Kohn called it "absorbing and intelligent," but the New York Post's Sara Stewart described it as "a little nausea-inducing." Newer reviews were understandably harsher.
Buzzfeed's Alison Willmore wrote, "It's a film, however, that shouldn't come out at all, unless it's being used as a primer for how conversations about power and consent get mishandled, muddied, and ultimately used to excuse or obscure abusive behavior."
HBO announced yesterday that it has pulled all of Louis C.K.'s projects, including "Lucky Louie" from its streaming services and that the comedian will no longer appear in its "Night of Too Many Stars" autism benefit that airs live on Saturday night.
FX, which aired his Emmy-winning series "Louie," issued this statement yesterday: "We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times today. The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our 5 shows produced together over the past 8 years. FX Networks and FXP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace. That said, the matter is currently under review."