One of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, Harvey Weinstein, informally announced Wednesday that he is working on a film which will seek to take on guns in America and the National Rifle Association (NRA,) which he calls “a disaster area.” The announcement came as Weinstein joined talk radio icon Howard Stern on Sirius XM, to discuss his career as a film producer and his ambitions to direct.
Weinstein offered few details about the project, but did acknowledge that actress Meryl Streep had already agreed to take part. Claiming that the film would be akin to “Mister Smith Goes To Washington,” the veteran producer predicts gun stocks to plummet after the film is released, telling Stern,
[box type=”shadow”]”They’re gonna wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”[/box]
During the interview, Weinstein also admitted that he neither owns a gun himself, nor believes that Americans actually need them, expressing something of a bitter hatred for firearms while admitting that were he or “his people” facing another holocaust style round up and extermination, he would “find a gun” but leaving it at that. The holocaust reference came about as Stern and he were discussing his ambitions for his directorial debut, in which Weinstein plans to adapt Leon Uris’ story of the Warsaw uprising during World War 2 entitled “Mila 18.”
Though not the first Hollywood heavyweight to weigh in on the issue, Weinstein is one of the first to try to tackle the issue of gun violence directly through the use of a narrative feature film. In 2002, Michael Moore’s documentary film “Bowling For Columbine” took on the issue of guns in America, making waves throughout the political talk and entertainment industries. Additionally, shortly after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, numerous celebrities banded together to produce a PSA entitled “Demand A Plan” which featured among others, Jaime Foxx, Beyonce and Jennifer Aniston, all calling on American leaders to take steps to end gun violence.