Miramax Partners with The Weinstein Company to Produce Sequels to Past Titles, Including BAD SANTA, ROUNDERS, and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

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When Bob and Harvey Weinstein left Miramax (the company they founded) back in 2003, they lost the sequel rights to the majority of titles that they produced in their prolific 24-year history with the company. Well, today it seems the Weinsteins and Miramax are back together again, sort of. Now that Disney no longer owns Miramax, the Weinsteins’ former company is happy to deal with the brothers who created the studio in the first place. In what way do you ask? Well, to make unnecessary sequels to every successful Miramax film ever made, of course!

Miramax and The Weinstein Company have partnered to “create sequels to some of Miramax’s best-known properties and to partner on potential new television shows and special edition home entertainment properties.” The first films to be produced will be sequels to Bad Santa, Rounders, and Shakespeare in Love. Hit the jump to check out the list of films that the companies are planning sequels for (Swingers! Clerks!), statements from the Weinsteins, and why this may not be all bad news.

shakespeare_in_love_movie_poster_01Alongside the aforementioned Bad Santa, Rounders, and Shakespeare in Love, the companies say “other potential sequels and TV projects” include: Bridget Jones’ Diary, Copland, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror.  While I can’t imagine the Weinsteins would create a sequel or TV show of Clerks or Swingers without asking for Kevin Smith or Jon Favreau’s involvement, respectively, it’s still possible. Technically, Miramax owns the rights to all these films, and really can do whatever the hell they want with them.

The Brothers Weinstein had this to say about the partnership:

“We are very close to these films and the new management of Miramax also feels that we are in the best position to create sequels that are at once worthy and compelling in their own right,” stated TWC’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein.  “We look forward to working with Mike and his team on getting these films into production as soon as possible, and extending our partnership in the years ahead.”

While the world isn’t exactly waiting on pins and needles for a sequel to Shakespeare in Love (seriously, whatever you think of the film itself, there’s absolutely no need for a sequel), the partnership could prove plenty fruitful in the home entertainment market. With the Weinsteins back with Miramax (in some capacity, at least), they’re now able to use their clout to round up the casts from some of their classic titles and create some fantastic Blu-ray special features. The press release itself states that the two companies have agreed to create “new, special edition materials for Blu-ray releases, such as roundtables featuring cast and directors.”

So, if I have to live through direct-to-DVD sequels of The Amityville Horror or a TV show adaptation of Shall We Dance in order to get a loaded special edition Blu-ray of Pulp Fiction, I’d say it’s a fair trade.

Here’s the full press release:

MIRAMAX ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY TO PRODUCE SEQUELS

SANTA MONICA and LOS ANGELES (December 16, 2010) –Miramax and The Weinstein Company (TWC) today announced an agreement to create sequels to some of Miramax’s best-known properties and to partner on potential new television shows and special edition home entertainment products.

The first films to be produced under the agreement will be sequels to Bad Santa, Rounders and Shakespeare in Love.  The other potential sequels and TV projects  are Bridget Jones’s Diary, Copland, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror.  This partnership augments an existing relationship between the companies on such franchises as Scream 4 (to be released April 15, 2011), Spy Kids 4 (to be released August 19, 2011) and Scary Movie 5.

In addition, Miramax will handle digital distribution on select sequel projects. Miramax and TWC have also agreed to develop new, special edition materials for Blu-ray releases, such as roundtables featuring cast and directors.

“We are very close to these films and the new management of Miramax also feels that we are in the best position to create sequels that are at once worthy and compelling in their own right,” stated TWC’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein.  “We look forward to working with Mike and his team on getting these films into production as soon as possible, and extending our partnership in the years ahead.”

Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, stated: “We are thrilled and honored to work with Harvey and Bob Weinstein.  There is no better partner to build on these great films and turn them into franchises, while also creating exciting new TV properties.  This agreement will extend the Miramax library while also enabling us to create new content without committing near-term capital.”

“This is the perfect addition to our ongoing slate, giving us the ability to work on already existing franchises that have had such lucrative success at the box office, as well as a great starting ground to our newfound relationship,” stated TWC COO David Glasser.  “We clearly believe it will be mutually beneficial for both companies.”

About Miramax

The Miramax library is a collection of 700 motion pictures which were produced, financed or distributed by Miramax Films since 1979.  The Miramax library holds some of the world’s most sophisticated, thought-provoking and critically-acclaimed independent films including sex, lies, and videotape, The English Patient, Shakespeare In Love, Reservoir Dogs, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, My Left Foot, Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful, Amélie, Kill Bill, Volume I and II, No Country for Old Men, as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, the Scream, Hellraiser and Scary Movie franchises and Spy Kids.  Collectively the Miramax archives have received 284 Academy Award nominations and 68 Oscars, including 4 Best Picture Awards.

For more information, please visit www.miramax.com.

About The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979.  TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as Scream, Spy Kids and Scary Movie.  Since its launch, TWC and Dimension Films have also released such films as Grindhouse, Lucky Number Slevin, 1408, I’m Not There, The Mist, The Great Debaters, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Reader, The Road, Clerks II, Factory Girl, Halloween, A Single Man, The Pat Tillman Story, Piranha 3D and such recent Oscar nominees as Nine and Inglourious Basterds.

Currently in release is Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.  Upcoming films include Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, and John Wells’ feature directorial debut Company Men, starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Rosemary DeWitt, Maria Bello and Chris Cooper.  Recently wrapping is My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson and Julia Ormond, Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 4 with Jessica Alba, and the new installment of Scream 4.




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