Louis CK to buy back rights to ‘I Love You, Daddy’

Sexual misconduct allegations against the actor and comedian led to movie’s shelving

A marquee advertising the Louis CK movie ‘I Love You, Daddy’ in New York. The premiere for the movie was cancelled after Louis CK was accused of sexual misconduct by five women was reported by the New York Times. Photograph: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

A marquee advertising the Louis CK movie ‘I Love You, Daddy’ in New York. The premiere for the movie was cancelled after Louis CK was accused of sexual misconduct by five women was reported by the New York Times. Photograph: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

 

Actor and comedian Louis CK will buy back the rights to his film I Love You, Daddy after sexual misconduct allegations led to the movie’s shelving.

The Orchard, an independent distribution company, bought the film for $5 million after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September to some applause and some revulsion. The movie waded into uncomfortable territory, including sexual predation and public masturbation: “I made a movie that totally walks all over that electric fence,” Louis CK said in an interview.

But last month, the New York Times published a report in which five women accused Louis CK of sexual misconduct. He confirmed the allegations were true, and the Orchard subsequently suspended its distribution plans.

According to Deadline, Louis CK will buy the rights to the movie back in full and pay for any additional marketing costs, so that the Orchard will not incur a loss from the movie. There are no current plans for the movie’s distribution.

Louis CK previously self-released the series Horace and Pete on his website.

- New York Times News Service