The premiere of Louis C.K.’s new film I Love You, Daddy set for tonight in New York has been scrapped at the last minute, Deadline has confirmed. It comes as the comedian’s planned appearance on tonight’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight was also nixed.
The double-whammy of news comes as rumors swirled that The New York Times is planning to publish a story soon on the Emmy-winning multihyphenate.(It published its report, in which five women accused C.K. of sexual misconduct, after news surfaced about the premiere cancellation.)
The Orchard acquired the dark comedy I Love You, Daddy for a reported $5 million after its bow at the Toronto Film Festival in September. The black-and-white pic that stars C.K., John Malkovich, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Edie Falco, Charlie Day, Pamela Adlon, Helen Hunt and Ebonee Noel was a talker at the fest for its subject matter: CK plays Glen Topher and Moretz his daughter, who is seduced by a much older, notoriously creepy director and possible pedophile (Malkovich).
The pic had been set to open Friday, November 17 in New York and Los Angeles, with an expansion on December 1.
At 3 PM ET on Wednesday, C.K. still was listed as Colbert’s first guest for tonight, with William H. Macy scheduled to be Colbert’s guest Friday. But C.K.’s reps informed show producers late Wednesday afternoon that their client no longer was available to appear on the show. At 6:59 PM ET Wednesday, an “updated” guest list was emailed to reporters. Macy’s interview had been moved to Thursday, and Louis C.K. was out. John Mulaney is now Colbert’s Friday interview. No reason was given for the change in the email.
The pace at which reports alleging sexual harassment or assault in the entertainment industry now are happening at such a pace this is not even the first time Colbert’s show has been compelled to deal with a quick cancel.
One week ago, Late Show yanked its scheduled Friday interview with its own network’s primetime star Jeremy Piven in the wake of allegations by two women that he sexually harassed them. “Jeremy Piven’s interview for Friday’s broadcast was pre-taped earlier this week on Monday, October 30,” Colbert’s show explained in a statement. “Since we were unable to address recent developments in that interview, we are replacing that segment with a new guest.”
Colbert replaced Piven, fittingly, with Ronan Farrow, who had written the exhaustive New Yorker article about Harvey Weinstein that sent the producer’s sexual harassment scandal into overdrive. Colbert’s late-night show made news that night when Farrow said his next report would be on the “machine” that hushed up the Weinstein story for so long.
New Yorker subsequently published Farrow’s report claiming the disgraced Hollywood producer employed Black Cube, run mostly by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies, as well as Kroll, one of the world’s largest corporate-intelligence companies, to collect intel on the women who have accused him as well as reporters investigating him.
Lisa de Moraes and Anita Busch contributed to this report.