‘Eve’ Director Matthew Newton Leaves Jessica Chastain Action Film After Abuse Controversy

The Playlist | 8/10/2018 | Charles Barfield
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A little over a week ago, Jessica Chastain announced that she was going to begin development on a new film titled “Eve.” The film, which is said to be a “character-driven action movie,” was to be written and directed by filmmaker Matthew Newton, and produced by Chastain’s own Freckle Films. However, what seemed like a simple announcement took on a whole life of its own.

Over the ensuing days, Chastain came under fire for hiring Newton to direct the film, after fans brought up the fact that the director pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend in 2007. While his past troubles are hardly news at this point, Chastain was criticized for hiring Newton after she’s been so vocal in support of the #MeToo movement. Many called for his firing.

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And now, it appears that the other shoe has dropped and Newton is exiting “Eve.” Here’s Newton’s statement about his decision to leave the film (via Deadline):

“Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film ‘Eve’ that I will be stepping down as director. Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that...
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