Come on, we know you’re reading this.
So, apparently there is a Max Landis sub-reddit? And Someone asked if the screenwriter was working on a remake of the Universal monster classic, Creature From the Black Lagoon, to which he obliquely answered, ‘damn man’. The Playlist reports that there was an Instagram story where Landis dropped a hint about his next project, but nobody seems to have evidence of that because Instagram Stories disappear after 24 hours.
Yeah, we know, not a lot to go on, but let’s be honest, none of you are here because you care all that much about Creature From the Black Lagoon (but you totally should because it’s a great movie).
Uncharacteristically for Landis, he’s been very quiet for several months now. Following the release of Netflix’s Bright, a movie he wrote and was paid $3m for, stories began to swirl about alleged sexual harassment and abuse he was responsible for. Our own wonderful Tori did a piece on this, trying to untangle a very tricky story as well as the difficulties in reporting on this matter. You should read the full piece because Tori’s work is exemplary. As the stories gained steam across social media, Landis went silent. He hasn’t returned to Twitter, as far as I can see, but I’m reasonably sure he blocked me ages ago so I may be wrong.
Aside from these allegations (and the well documented misogynistic bullshit he spewed in this infamous interview), Landis also has a long history of just generally being a sexist douchebag who wields pop culture as his own personal battering ram. This is the man who helped ignite the ridiculous fire of ‘Is Rey a Mary Sue?’ This is the guy who thought Gamora must be lacking in a vagina because that’s the only possible reason there could be for her to not want to immediately fuck Peter Quill. This is the guy with an unreasonably obsessive focus on Lexi Alexander. This is the guy who mansplained to us all that Scarlett Johansson’s casting in Ghost in the Shell was just business, not whitewashing. This is a sexist creep with a seriously devoted fanbase who loves to sic people on his critics and stoke the fires of entitlement to keep his ego boosted.
This is also a guy who really doesn’t like us. As he said to Newsweek, he’d love to have a chat with the good folks at Pajiba to show he’s not really a bad guy.
Don’t call us, Max. We’ll call you.
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