The Weinstein Co. has renewed its exclusive first-look deal with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella’s Mirage Productions for three years reports the trades.
As a result, the first project under the deal will be an English-language remake of “The Lives of Others,” the German film by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck that won the Oscar for best foreign-language film this past Sunday.
Other Mirage projects included in the renewed deal are the Minghella written and directed “The Ninth Life of Louis Drax,” based on a novel by Liz Jensen; and the cable TV pilot “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” which Minghella helmed and co-wrote with Richard Curtis.
Also on the cards are several book adaptations including the comedy “I Don’t Know How She Does It” from the writer & director of “The Devil Wears Prada”, the first Bartimaeus Trilogy novel adaptation “The Amulet of Samarkand”, and the Bernard Schlink romance novel “The Reader” which is headed for a late Summer shoot with Director Stephen Daldry (“The Hours”).
In the past the Weinstein and Mirage deal has included such acclaimed flicks as “The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Heaven,” “Iris,” “Sliding Doors” and “The Quiet American”.