Gore (cancelled Netflix biography film; 2018)
Gore is an unreleased Netflix biography film about writer Gore Vidal, based on the biography Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal, written by Jay Parini. The film was to be released in 2018 before its cancellation in November 2017 due to reports of lead actor, Kevin Spacey, allegedly being involved in several instances of sexual misconduct.
Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer and public intellectual, mainly focusing on society and politics. He is most known for writing his essays, however, he also wrote novels, plays, and screenplays. Additionally, he ran for public office twice, once for the United States House of Representatives in 1960 and again for the United States Senate in 1982.
In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Kevin Spacey, who played the titular role in the film, made sexual advances on Rapp, then 14. Following this report, multiple other professionals who have worked with Spacey also alleged him having engaged in sexual misconduct. Netflix and Media Rights Capital, a film and television studio, both cut ties with him days later. While his character will be written out of the upcoming season of Netflix series House of Cards, in which he plays the lead character, Netflix chose to completely pull the plug on Gore. The film was in post-production, with no promotional material or clips released, at the time. Another Spacey film that was in post-production, All the Money in the World, refilmed Spacey's scenes with Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty.
To this day, no footage of the film has been released to the public and due to Spacey's sexual misconduct allegations, the film will likely never see the light of day any time soon.
- An NYTimes article on the book. Retrieved 27 Nov '17
- A Hollywood Reporter article on Kevin Spacey's sexual misconduct allegations. Retrieved 27 Nov '17
- See Christopher Plummer Take Over from Kevin Spacey on Set of All the Money in the World. Retrieved 12 Dec '17