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The Weeknd, lead actress Lily-Rose Depp and HBO have responded to new reported allegations that manufacturing of the upcoming sequence The Idol has been a “shitshow”, as one supply put it.

In a brand new report from Rolling Stone, 13 nameless sources from the present’s solid and crew spoke on the manufacturing of the anticipated sequence. They allege that The Idol, which is anticipated to premiere someday this yr, has been stricken by delays, rewrites and reshoots that took a flip for the more serious with Euphoria showrunner Sam Levinson on the helm.

Tesfaye has since responded to Rolling Stone’s report by tagging the publication in a clip from the present on Twitter. Within the clip, Tesfaye’s and Depp’s characters, Tedros and Jocelyn, are seen shutting down a canopy story pitch from the journal, arguing that it’s “irrelevant” and that the publication, which is dwindling in readership, has nothing to supply Jocelyn. The Weeknd tagged the publication in his tweet with a query: “did we upset you?”

.@RollingStone did we upset you? pic.twitter.com/Uyx06lyRgx

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) March 1, 2023

Rolling Stone’s report claims that the present, which was supposed to supply a satirical tackle Hollywood’s darkish mannequin of fame and fortune, has became its personal form of monster. One manufacturing member is quoted saying it has grow to be “like every rape fantasy that any poisonous man would have within the present — after which the girl comes again for extra as a result of it makes her music higher”.

Levinson, who’s co-creator of The Idol, took over directorial duties after Amy Seimetz left The Idol with practically 80 per cent of the venture being accomplished, Rolling Stone experiences. Levinson reportedly went on to rehaul the venture with a number of rewrites and reshoots, allegedly including extra nudity and disturbing sexual content material.

A number of crew members claimed that via Levinson’s rewrites, the present’s total message modified. One alleged: “It was a present a couple of girl who was discovering herself sexually, became a present a couple of man who will get to abuse this girl and she or he loves it.”

Different sources chatting with Rolling Stone claimed that a number of scripts included graphic scenes between Tesfaye and Depp that have been by no means filmed. They alleged that the scenes concerned Tesfaye beating Depp’s face bloody, with Depp begging for extra, leading to Tesfaye growing an erection. One other alleged scene would have seen Depp beg for Tesfaye to sexually assault her.

Although Levinson declined to remark to Rolling Stone, Lily-Rose Depp has issued a press release to Selection calling him “one of the best director I’ve ever labored with”. Depp mentioned: “By no means have I felt extra supported or revered in a inventive house, my enter and opinions extra valued. Working with Sam is a real collaboration in each approach – it issues to him, greater than something, not solely what his actors take into consideration the work, however how we really feel performing it. He hires individuals whose work he esteems and has at all times created an atmosphere by which I felt seen, heard, and appreciated.”

HBO has additionally denied the allegations in Rolling Stone’s report, saying in a press release to Selection: “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 inventive crew has been dedicated to making a secure, collaborative, and mutually respectful working atmosphere, and final yr, the crew made inventive adjustments they felt have been in one of the best curiosity of each the manufacturing and the solid and crew.

The Idol has acquired three trailers because it was first introduced in mid-2021, although a launch date has but to be decided. In addition to Tesfaye and Depp, the sequence may also function BLACKPINK’s Jennie Kim, Troye Sivan, Dan Levy, Moses Sumney, Eli Roth and extra in supporting roles.

In April 2022, Deadline reported that the present was getting a rehaul as Tesfaye was sad with the present’s inventive route, which on the time reportedly centered an excessive amount of on “the feminine perspective” of Depp’s character, fairly than his personal.

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