Louis C.K.’s Movie Release Is Canceled


The Paris Theater, with a marquee for “I Love You, Daddy.” The Louis C.K. movie’s premiere was canceled after The New York Times reported on Thursday that several women described encounters with him that crossed the line into sexual misconduct. Credit Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images North America

The distributor of Louis C.K.’s coming film “I Love You, Daddy” said on Friday that it would not go ahead with its release of the movie. The announcement comes one day after The New York Times published a report in which multiple women shared their recollections of encounters in which Louis C.K., the Emmy Award-winning comedian, had engaged in sexual misconduct.

“I Love You, Daddy,” which is written and directed by Louis C.K., was acquired by the entertainment company the Orchard in a $5 million deal after the movie made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film stars Louis C.K. as a TV comedy writer and John Malkovich as a notorious filmmaker who strikes up an uncomfortable relationship with the protagonist’s daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) who has not yet turned 18.

Following preview screenings of “I Love You, Daddy,” several critics had remarked on its troubling sexual politics and how certain scenes seemed to be commenting on Louis C.K.’s own reputation for misconduct.

In an interview with The Times at the Toronto festival, Louis C.K. said: “The uncomfortable truth is, you never really know. You don’t know anybody. To me, if there was one thing this movie is about, it’s that you don’t know anybody.”

The film had been planned for release in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles on Nov. 17 and for a wider release in the following weeks.

Other media and entertainment companies have quickly distanced themselves from Louis C.K. or said they are reassessing their relationships with him following The Times’s report on Thursday.

HBO said that Louis C.K. had been dropped from the lineup of “Night of Too Many Stars,” a comedy benefit concert that it will broadcast next Saturday, Nov. 18, and that it had pulled other works of his from its on-demand service.

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