I Love You, Daddy release cancelled, Netflix cuts Louis C.K. ties

In light of recent allegations of sexual misconduct against writer/director/star Louis C.K., the I Love You, Daddy release has been cancelled by distributor The Orchard a week before its intended November 17 release. The New York premiere at the Paris Theater and C.K.’s planned media appearances to promote the film were abruptly cancelled yesterday after the New York Times story involving five women’s accusations broke. Co-star Chloë Grace Moretz had already pulled out of promoting the film two weeks ago when she became aware of the pending allegations against her director. The Orchard paid $5 million at this year’s Toronto Film Festival to distribute C.K.’s self-funded black and white comedy.

“The Orchard will not be moving forward with the release of I Love You, Daddy,” said the company in a statement (via Vox). It is unknown if C.K. will be forced to return the money paid to him for distribution rights or if The Orchard will simply take a write-off on the film and the advertising dollars it already expended. C.K. could potentially self-distribute the film himself through his website, as he has with several past projects, but that may be dependent on legal issues with Orchard and if the allegations are cleared. Critics had already screened the film, with DVD copies sent out to many for awards consideration, so it’s also possible pirating could disrupt future distribution plans. At best, it looks like the film, along with C.K.’s career, is in limbo for the time being.

In more bad news for the comedian, streaming giant Netflix has dropped plans for a second standup special from C.K. after his first for the company, titled simply 2017, dropped earlier this year. As of right now that special and four others are still available on the service. That bucks against HBO’s more drastic measure of eliminating all Louis C.K. material, including several standup specials and the TV series Lucky Louie, from their streaming platforms.

“The allegations made by several women in The New York Times about Louis C.K.’s behavior are disturbing,”a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “Louis’s unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand-up special, as had been planned.”

Still in jeopardy is Louis C.K.’s relationship with FX Networks, where he created his groundbreaking, Emmy-award-winning show Louie for five seasons from 2010 to 2015. At FX he currently serves as a co-creator, writer and executive producer on the Zach Galifianakis series Baskets, as well as a co-creator, writer, director, executive producer and editor on Pamela Adlon’s show Better Things, both of which were renewed recently. In addition, he was serving as co-creator, voice actor, writer and executive producer alongside comedy legend Albert Brooks on an animated series titled The Cops, the status of which is currently unknown.

FX Networks issued the following 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.”

Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy is a bittersweet comedy about successful TV writer/producer Glen Topher (C.K.), who panics when his spoiled 17-year-old daughter China (Chloë Grace Moretz) starts spending time with 68-year-old Leslie Goodwin (John Malkovich), a legendary film director with a reputation for dating underage girls. Hesitant to say no to his daughter—an action which might stem the steady stream of “I Love You, Daddy” endearments with which China manipulates her father—Glen exasperates the host of women who circle his life, including his combative ex-wife Aura (Helen Hunt), feisty ex-girlfriend Maggie (Pamela Adlon), and his long-suffering production partner Paula (Edie Falco). Caught in a writing dry spell, he distracts himself by courting glamorous movie star Grace Cullen (Rose Byrne), who is interested in playing the already-cast lead role in the upcoming TV series he hasn’t yet begun writing. Glen’s teetering world is further upended by his interactions with Goodwin, who is both the increasing focus of China’s attentions and the revered idol who devastates Glen by appearing to dismiss him outright as a creative person. Glen’s brash TV actor buddy Ralph (Charlie Day) makes matters worse through rude observations that inflame Glen’s deepest insecurities about his daughter. The real problem, however, is that Glen isn’t sure exactly what is going on between China and Goodwin—and what he should be doing about it.

I Love You, Daddy was directed by Louis C.K. (Louie, Pootie Tang) from a screenplay by C.K. and Vernon Chatman (Wonder ShowzenThe Heart, She Holler).

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