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New Report Claims HBO’s Darkish Upcoming Drama ‘The Idol’ Has Turned Poisonous

When the primary footage from HBO’s The Idol was launched in July 2022, it was billed as “the sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood” from “the sick and twisted minds of the creator of Euphoria Sam Levinson and Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye.” Now, sources have instructed Rolling Stone that manufacturing has been marred by ballooning budgets, artistic discord, and an “near-impossible expectations.”  

The sequence confronted a significant hurdle final April when director Amy Seimetz (The Girlfriend Expertise, Atlanta) departed the present, reportedly after about 80% of the six-episode mission had already been accomplished. On the time, Deadline reported that Tesfaye, who’s credited as a cocreator and who stars as a cult chief alongside Lily-Rose Depp’s floundering pop star, felt the present was favoring the “feminine perspective” too strongly.

In accordance with Rolling Stone, Levinson, who lately received the Administrators Guild of America Award for excellent course in a drama sequence for HBO’s Euphoria, has since overhauled the $54 million–75 million sequence, and sources instructed the outlet that the present’s central theme has shifted. “What I signed up for was a darkish satire of fame and the celebrity mannequin within the twenty first century,” one manufacturing member instructed the outlet. “The issues that we topic our expertise and stars to, the forces that put folks within the highlight and the way that may be manipulated within the post-Trump world.” Nevertheless, they added, “It went from satire to the factor it was satirizing.” One supply claimed the present was a poisonous fantasy the place a lady undergoes trauma, “after which the lady comes again for extra as a result of it makes her music higher.”

In an announcement to Vainness Truthful, HBO forcefully denied that the mission was poisonous, and acknowledged {that a} showrunner swap was made as a result of early episodes “didn’t meet HBO requirements.” Its full assertion reads: “The creators and producers of The Idol have been working arduous to create certainly one of HBO’s most enjoyable and provocative authentic applications. The preliminary strategy on the present and manufacturing of the early episodes, sadly, didn’t meet HBO requirements so we selected to make a change. All through the method, the artistic crew has been dedicated to making a protected, collaborative, and mutually respectful working setting, and final yr, the crew made artistic modifications they felt have been in one of the best curiosity of each the manufacturing and the solid and crew. We sit up for sharing The Idol with audiences quickly.”

Levinson has weathered his share of controversies as creator of Euphoria with stars Sydney Sweeney, Minka Kelly, and Martha Kelly all saying they expressed discomfort with some nudity or sexually express scenes to him final season, although every stated the director embraced their issues and altered the scenes. Rolling Stone’s sources on The Idol detailed graphic, sexual scenes that have been in at the very least the script section of manufacturing, with one particular person evaluating them to “sexual torture porn.”

In an announcement to Vainness Truthful, Depp praised Levinson’s management abilities, calling him “one of the best director I’ve ever labored with.” She continued, “By no means have I felt extra supported or revered in a artistic area, my enter and opinions extra valued. Working with Sam is a real collaboration in each method—it issues to him, greater than something, not solely what actors take into consideration the work, however how we really feel performing it. He hires folks whose work he esteems and has at all times created an setting by which I felt seen, heard, and appreciated.” 

The present, which costars Troye SivanRachel SennottDan Levy, and Blackpink’s Jennie, whose position is alleged to be restricted, was initially slated for launch final fall after the Home of Dragon finale, based on a Rolling Stone supply. A brand new date has not but been introduced.

Vainness Truthful has reached out to reps for Levinson, The Weeknd, and Seimetz for extra remark.

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