A WEINSTEIN-INSPIRED HORROR MOVIE SET IN TORONTO? TIFF IS WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT

The film, to be produced by the same people who made Paul Verhoeven’s controversial rape-reckoning film Elle, would potentially use TIFF as a backdrop for the title predator’s crimes.

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Director Brian De Palma, a regular at Toronto International Film Festival, photographed here in 2007 (CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

Is Brian De Palma really going to make a Harvey Weinstein-inspired horror movie and set it at the Toronto International Film Festival? If so, it could help serve as a reminder of the need to fight sexual harassment and to empower women, says TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey.

“It reminds us of just the real importance and the urgency of making a change in the film industry when it comes to gender parity,” Bailey told the Star.

Online reports this week, drawing from interviews De Palma is doing while on a European book tour, say the writer/director plans to make a horror film called Predator in Toronto based on the alleged sex crimes of disgraced producer Weinstein.

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