Before the film's original planned release, the distributors were planning an Oscar campaign for Chloë Grace Moretz for Best Actress, making it the actress' very first Oscar nomination. However, all plans were scrapped following the reveal of Louis C.K.'s sexual misconduct resulting in the cancellation of the film's release.
Chloë Grace Moretz reportedly told the studio two weeks before news broke about Louis C.K.'s actions that she would not do any publicity and promotions for it. Charlie Day stated that he would not promote the film after the NY Times article was published.
In an August 2018 interview, Chloe Grace Moretz said that she didn't want the film to be released at all. Moretz stated that "I don't think it's time for them to have a voice", a clear reference to Louis CK's real-life behavior that led to the distributor cancelling plans to release the film in November 2017. The film's rights were bought back by CK (he gave back the same amount that Orchard Pictures had paid for original distro rights) and how it will be released in the future, or at all, is undetermined.
The film's rights were purchased for $5 million, and there was no mechanism for getting the money back from CK after the revelations about his past actions led to the release being cancelled. However, CK bought back the rights to the movie for $5 million a few weeks after the scandal broke.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
Louis C.K. had written the scene where Leslie and China are in the bedroom to involve a profanity-laced tirade. During the table read, Chloe Grace Moretz said it was too unrealistic for a teenage girl to say it, and Louis C.K. said he would rewrite it. The day of that scene, he admitted he forgot until she phoned him from the makeup chair. They went over a few ideas, and then Chloe Grace Moretz improvised her part.