After five women came forward last month claiming that the rumors you’ve been hearing for years about Louis C.K. are true, he found himself without a whole lot to do. FX dropped him, Netflix dropped him, The Secret Life of Pets 2 dropped him. Even the distributors of his awkward film I Love You, Daddy, had a moment of buyer’s remorse. The good news for them is that Louis will be giving them a full refund for their purchase.
I Love You, Daddy was bought by The Orchard for $5 million after it premiered at TIFF in September. But then Louis was outed as an audience-needing meat-beater, and I Love You, Daddy became The Orchard’s most rotten apple. They pulled the film from release. Deadline says that The Orchard has confirmed that they’re planning to sell the rights to the film back to Louis C.K. for the original price they paid. Louis has also reportedly agreed to pay back any marketing costs to The Orchard. Deadline says that The Orchard spent between $500,000 to $1 million to market I Love You, Daddy.
As for how or when Louis will release I Love You, Daddy, that’s not known. Louis has released several comedy albums, as well as his web series Horace and Pete, on his personal website for very little money (often $5). So there’s a chance I Love You, Daddy will end up as a $5 download. Or you could just watch one of the leaked copies that are floating around on the internet.
According to The Blast, I Love You, Daddy was leaked online early Monday morning, around the same time that the Golden Globe nominations were released. The leak was most likely from one of the 12,000 DVD screeners that were sent out to AMPAS, SAG, Golden Globes and Critics’ voting members before the film was pulled. The group that allegedly leaked the film explained they did it because they didn’t want to see Louis’ film go unwatched.
“We decided to let this one title go out this month, since it never made it to the cinema, and nobody knows if it ever will go to retail at all. Either way their [sic] is no perfect time to release it anyway, but we think it would be a waste to let a great Louis C.K. go unwatched and nobody can even see or buy it.”
Sources tell The Blast that The Orchard and producers of I Love You, Daddy are trying to identify the torrent sites hosting the leaked screener. Although they have yet to take any action regarding the leak. Even though the leakers kind of screwed over Louis C.K., I’m sure fans are at least a little thankful it was leaked for free. Now they don’t have to worry about the possibility of a spouse spotting a purchase on their Visa bill marked LOVEYOUDADDY and interrogating them about what kind of creepy sugar daddy activities they’ve been getting into.