Director Matthew Newton exits Jessica Chastain film after backlash

Director Matthew Newton exits Jessica Chastain film after backlash

Matthew Newton has stepped down as director of Jessica Chastain’s “Eve” following on-line backlash resulting from his historical past of alleged assault and home violence.

Newton, who suffers from bipolar dysfunction, made the announcement on Friday morning.

“Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the different producers on the film ‘Eve’ that I will probably be stepping down as director,” he mentioned in an announcement. “Because the announcement of this film, the responses, that are highly effective and vital, haven’t fallen on deaf ears. I’m profoundly conscious that I’ve a accountability to steer the place I’ve failed previously. I can by no means undo the hurt that I’ve brought on the folks I’ve cared about and I carry that disgrace and accountability with me day-after-day.”

“Over the previous eight years I’ve been working extensively with healthcare professionals to assist me overcome my habit and psychological well being sickness,” he added. “For the previous six years I’ve lived a quiet and sober life. All I can do now’s attempt to be a dwelling amends and hopefully contribute to the optimistic change occurring in our business.”

Chastain and Voltage Footage introduced earlier this month that she would star within the character-driven motion film “Eve” and can produce by way of her Freckle Movies manufacturing firm. Newton, who wrote the script, was additionally named as director for the image.

Newton most lately directed “Who We Are Now,” starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto, which FilmRise picked up after it premiered final 12 months on the Toronto Film Competition.

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