I Love You, Daddy was set to premiere in New York last month (November 9) but the event was called off just hours before after reports emerged of a New York Times article detailing allegations levelled at the comedian.
The New York Times article was later published, featuring claims from five women – who had all worked with the comedian in some capacity – about alleged inappropriate behaviour by CK, including masturbating in front of female comedians. CK later issued a public statement, saying that the “stories are true” and that he was “remorseful of my actions”.
Written and directed by Louis CK, I Love You, Daddy also starred CK alongside Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlie Day, John Malkovich, Pamela Adlon, Rose Byrne and Helen Hunt. The movie was set to open in cinemas on November 17, but was dropped by indie distributor The Orchard, who said that it would “not be moving forward with the release”.
Deadline now reports that CK is “wrapping up a deal” to buy back the global rights for the movie from The Orchard, paying back the $5 million that The Orchard had paid for it, as well as marketing costs, which are estimated to be between $500,000 and $1 million. “As a result, The Orchard will not incur any financial setback from the return deal,” the report says.
Some of the scenes in I Love You, Daddy have caused controversy following the CK scandal. It has been reported that in one scene, a character pretends to masturbate in front of others, while elsewhere a character dismisses rumours of sexual misconduct. Watch a trailer for the film below.
Following the scandal, CK has had ties severed by multiple companies, including FX, Netflix and HBO. He has also been dropped by his management and publicist.
In his apology statement, CK said he had “tried to learn from” his actions, as well as “run from them”. “Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions,” he said. “I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position.”