It might be dead, but Bob and Harvey Weinstein look set to pump their Miramax studio label a few more times.
The Weinstein Company has done a twenty-year deal with Colony Capital that will allow the former to raid Miramax’s library and develop sequels, series and stage productions based on old hits.
On the cards? On the big screen expect sequels to “Shakespeare in Love” and “Rounders”. On the small screen, TV series remakes of “Good Will Hunting” and “Flirting with Disaster”.
There’s also various in-development projects which TWC will now be able to develop including the Stephen Colbert-penned comedy “The Alibi,” and “The Ninth Life of Louis Drax” which Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack both worked on before their passing.
Harvey Weinstein says: “I personally have never made a sequel, but I will make Shakespeare in Love as one. I’ve always wanted to do that and now we have the impetus to. There is so much intellectual property, and we’re in an age where, for however long it lasts, content is king.”
He also says he’s discussed making a “Rounders” sequel with Matt Damon and separately says he hopes to have Robert De Niro in the villain role:
“I would say that’s going to be instantaneous. The guys [writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman] have a great idea, a way to make it more international where you start the card game in Paris, that’s all I want to say. There might be a certain beautiful Parisian actress involved in it, and then we’re off to the racetrack and Vegas with Matty and Edward Norton, and a new supervillain to replace John Malkovich.”