You'd think Hollywood would jump at the chance to help tell the story of "America's most prolific serial killer," as ABC's Terry Moran described him. Yet, the film about late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of killing babies born alive in his Philadelphia abortion clinic, is being shunned by many Hollywood distributors as too "controversial," according to the film's producers.
Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney have faced constant pushback when trying to get Hollywood distributors to show their film. Despite it breaking IndieGogo crowdsourcing records and scoring high grades at test screenings, studios and distributors have passed on the Gosnell movie. The film easily could have been rated R, but the producers kept it PG-13 so it could reach a wider audience. Every film distributor they asked still said no thanks.
McElhinney was quick to point out that Hollywood has had no problem promoting films with a pro-abortion message.
“Obvious Child was a romantic comedy where a likeable couple bond over her aborting their child. Grandma – starred veteran actor Lily Tomlin – as a grandmother on a road trip trying to gather together enough money for her granddaughter's abortion,” McElhinney is quoted in a press release.
“These films were nominated for awards and praised by critics for 'tackling abortion.' Now the idea that GOSNELL, a film based on a true story – with much of it based on courtroom transcripts - is “too controversial” is laughable. This is continuing the media coverup – they don't want anything that asks difficult questions about abortion."
The "cover-up," the producers surmise, is because both the mainstream media and mainstream Hollywood "hate" pro-life, middle class America.
To solve the problem, the Gosnell Movie team has decided to release the film independently next year.