About two months ago, it looked like Louis CK’s career was going off in another positive trajectory. His film, “I Love You Daddy” was premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. The buzz around the film was palpable. The fact that Louis shot this film in secret, along with its black & white cinematography and cast that included Chloë Grace Moretz, Helen Hunt, Edie Falco, Rose Byrne, Pamela Adlon, Charlie Day and John Malkovich, created a major buzz around both the film and comedy worlds.
Fast-forward to now and Louis CK’s career is definitely on another trajectory, but it certainly isn’t a positive one. In a move following the New York Times’ career shattering article about Louis CK’s admittedly true sexual misconduct with five different women, both Netflix and film distributor The Orchard are getting out of the Louis business.
Netflix scrapped plans to produce a brand new stand up special with Louis CK. The new Louis hour was part of a two-special deal with the streaming service. The first special was already released earlier this year in April. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix announced, “The allegations made by several women in The New York Times about Louis C.K.’s behavior are disturbing. 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.”
In more news that’s sure to help ruin Louis’ weekend, The Orchard, the film distributor which had won the rights to “I Love You Daddy” after TIFF, is now cancelling the distribution plan for the film, saying it “will not be moving forward with the release” of the movie. The self-shot film from Louis was planned for a theatrical release starting next Friday, November 17th. Initially, The Orchard stated that the premiere was canned due to “unexpected circumstances,” while sources informed the Hollywood Reporter that it was due to the bombshell NY Times piece coming out.
The Orchard added, “There is never a place for the behavior detailed in these allegations. As a result, we are giving careful consideration to the timing and release of the film and continuing to review the situation.”
And with that last statement, we can now sit and wonder if “I Love You Daddy” will ever see the light of day.