Meryl Streep And Harvey Weinstein To Target NRA In Upcoming Movie
The producer plans to tackle the National Rifle Association in a new movie starring Meryl Streep that he claims will make the gun rights organization "wish they weren’t alive." (UPDATED)
America's constitutional right to keep and bear arms has been a hot-button topic for decades, but no more so than in the last 18 months after a series of shootings captivated — and devastated — the nation.
Now, mega-producer (and espoused liberal) Harvey Weinstein has announced plans to make a feature film about the National Rifle Association starring Meryl Streep — and its intended effect shouldn't come as much surprise.
During a Jan. 15 appearance on Sirius XM's Howard Stern Show, as earlier reported by Mediaite, Weinstein revealed, "I'm going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we're going to take this [the gun issue] head on. And they're [the NRA] going to wish they weren't alive after I'm done with them."
The announcement, which hadn't been intended, came after Stern asked if he owned a gun. (He doesn't.) Weinstein said, "I don't think we need guns in this country. And I hate it. I think the NRA is a disaster area."
Weinstein said the script will be massive in scope — he compared it to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington — and believes it will make people think twice about buying a gun. "Gun stocks — I don't want to be involved in that stuff. It's going to be like crash and burn," he said.
Update: When reached, a rep for The Weinstein Company had no comment.