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Gore (film)

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Directed byMichael Hoffman
Produced byAndy Paterson
Written byMichael Hoffman
Jay Parini
Based onEmpire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
by Jay Parini
StarringKevin Spacey
Douglas Booth
Michael Stuhlbarg
Freya Mavor
Griffin Dunne
CinematographyOliver Stapleton
Edited byCamilla Toniolo
CountryUnited States

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Gore is an uncompleted American biographical film directed by Michael Hoffman, written by Hoffman and Jay Parini, and based on Parini's biography Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal. The film stars Kevin Spacey as the writer Gore Vidal, joined by Michael Stuhlbarg, Douglas Booth, Freya Mavor, and Griffin Dunne.

Gore was planned to be released on Netflix. In November 2017, while the film was in post-production, numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault were made against Spacey, and Netflix decided not to complete the film.


  • Kevin Spacey as Gore Vidal[1]
  • Griffin Dunne as Leonard Bernstein[2]
  • Douglas Booth as Jamie[3]
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as Howard Austen[4]
  • Freya Mavor[4]
  • Nikolai Kinski as Rudolf Nureyev[4]


Principal photography on the film began in July 2017 in Italy, later filming at Gore Vidal's villa in Ravello, the Amalfi Coast.[1] Kevin Spacey was cast as the legendary writer, Vidal, in the Netflix original biographical film, with Michael Hoffman as director, and Andy Paterson as producer.[1] Later in August 2017, Griffin Dunne and Douglas Booth joined the film to play music composer Leonard Bernstein, and a young British writer, Jamie, respectively.[2][3]

On November 3, 2017, after numerous sexual assault and harassment accusations were levelled at Spacey, Netflix announced that they would not release the film.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Vivarelli, Nick (July 21, 2017). "Kevin Spacey to Play Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 N'Duka, Amanda (August 23, 2017). "Griffin Dunne Joins Kevin Spacey In 'Gore' Biopic For Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tartaglione, Nancy (August 30, 2017). "Douglas Booth Boards Netflix's 'Gore' Biopic Opposite Kevin Spacey". Deadline. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Evans, Greg (September 14, 2017). "Netflix Bio 'Gore' Adds Michael Stuhlbarg To Cast". Deadline. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  5. Stanhope, Kate; McClintock, Pamela (November 3, 2017). "Netflix Severs Ties With Kevin Spacey, Drops 'Gore' Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 4, 2017.

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