Weinstein Lines Up Rival Edgardo Mortara Project

After several underwhelming years, The Weinstein Company tried talking up their new film “Lion” as a serious awards contender ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The reviews however, though warm, also painted a soft enough picture to suggest the film might not have the chops it needs to win against the likes of “La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “Manchester by the Sea” come awards time.

Harvey Weinstein will continue to push for the film though, but at the same time is already looking ahead and looks to be setting up a project covering the same topic as the new Steven Spielberg-directed film – “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara”. Spielberg’s movie stars Mark Rylance and begins production early next year. Set in 1858, the story follows a young Jewish boy who is taken from his home, raised Catholic, and becomes a priest.

Spielberg and Weinstein were previously toying with collaborating on the movie, but the filmmaker went his own direction. That hasn’t stopped Weinstein from developing his and he reportedly already has actor Robert De Niro, “Everest” director Baltasar Kormakur and “The Last King of Scotland” writer Jeremy Brock involved, even if De Niro and Kormakur have yet to sign on.

Will one of them fall and collapse before making it into production? We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: The Playlist