Louis C.K. secretly shot a movie, titled Fourth of July, and released a trailer for it yesterday. However, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get a theatrical release. In 2017, C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct by five women, through an article published by The New York Times, which in turn caused the premiere of his first movie, I Love You, Daddy, to be canceled (fun fact: our editor Joey Magidson saw it at the one press screening before everything went down). FX Networks and Netflix cut ties with the actor/comedian, while HBO removed all of his content available on the service as a result. Additionally, he was replaced by Patton Oswalt for The Secret Life of Pets 2, with Illumination, terminating his relationship with the studio. C.K. admitted that the allegations were true back in 2017.
Since then, C.K. has been persona non grata in Hollywood and the comedy sphere. However, in 2020, he released a new special titled Sincerely Louis C.K. on his website, to which he won a Grammy for the album version of the special in 2022, causing lots of backlash from inside the awards ceremony and on social media.
In an open letter, about the movie, C.K. pleaded fans to ask for local theatre chains to play the movie, after it will premiere in New York City’s Beacon Theatre on June 30, and have two more screenings in Boston and Chicago on July 1st and 2nd:
“We are still compiling and constantly adding to the list of theaters which I will post on the web page for the movie which is on my website. Also, if you would like Fourth of July to play at a theater near you, please contact the theater directly and ask for it.”
On the movie itself, C.K. said the following: “For me, it was fun as all fuck to direct and make a film again. “Outside of my two scenes as Jeff’s therapist, which we shot first and got out of the way, for me, it was a real pleasure to direct without acting for the first time in many years. I felt able to look after the cast and focus on the look of the movie. Whether or not I did any of that properly, is up to pretty much everyone but me. I am very pleased with the results and hope that folks enjoy Fourth Of July.“
You can watch the trailer below, but it is still unclear if the movie will get a proper theatrical or digital release:
Source: The Playlist