Matthew Newton has stepped down as director of Jessica Chastain’s “Eve” following on-line backlash as a result of 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 other producers on the film ‘Eve’ that I will be stepping down as director,” he mentioned in a press release. “Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past. I can never undo the harm that I’ve caused the people I’ve cared about and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day.”
“Over the past eight years I have been working extensively with healthcare professionals to help me overcome my addiction and mental health illness,” he added. “For the past six years I have lived a quiet and sober life. All I can do now is try to be a living amends and hopefully contribute to the positive change occurring in our industry.”
Chastain and Voltage Pictures introduced earlier this month that she would star within the character-driven motion film “Eve” and can produce by means of her Freckle Films manufacturing firm. Newton, who wrote the script, was additionally named as director for the image.
Newton most just lately directed “Who We Are Now,” starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto, which FilmRise picked up after it premiered final yr on the Toronto Film Festival.