The New York premiere of Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy was canceled unceremoniously hours before it was set to begin, for reasons that quickly became clear when the New York Times released a report shedding light on several sexual harassment accusations against C.K.
Now, less than 24 hours after that report dropped, the release of I Love You, Daddy has been canceled altogether.
The film’s distribution company, The Orchard, confirmed as much in a brief statement to Variety the morning of November 10 that reads, in its entirety, “The Orchard will not be moving forward with the release of I Love You, Daddy.” As Indiewire points out, the movie had already been made available to critics after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, but now will no longer be eligible for awards consideration.
Lest this seem like a hasty decision, consider what I Love You, Daddy is about: a frustrated TV writer (C.K.) struggles to grapple with his teenage daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) falling for a filmmaker 50 years her senior (John Malkovich). One scene features Charlie Day pantomiming masturbation during a work meeting — a scene that no doubt would have been received differently after the New York Times report, given that it alleges C.K.’s MO was to corner women, sometimes at work, in order to masturbate in front of them.
In response, Moretz’s publicist told the LA Times that the actress had decided to stop promoting the movie two weeks ago, when she “was made aware” of possible allegations against C.K. Day also said he would not promote it, saying he “was as appalled as everyone to read the allegations made in the New York Times. I do not condone sexual misconduct and, in light of the allegations, will not be promoting the movie further.”
Now, it seems, there won’t be a movie to promote at all.