Screen Daily reports that Vincent D’Onofrio has been perfectly cast to play Harvey Weinstein in the upcoming adaptation of Peter Biskind’s Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. As you can guess by the title, Biskind’s book chronicles the rise in popularity of independent films in the 90′s and how Miramax (which Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein ran) played a huge role in everything. Kenneth Bowser, who previously directed the documentary adaptation of Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood,will be directing the film based off of a script by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral) and Joshua James (Alien Uprising). The always “trusty” IMDb also lists some interesting names like Matthew Perry, Andy Serkis, and Sally Hawkins as part of the cast.
I’ve read Down and Dirty Pictures and I can not stress enough how curious I am about this film. I would think that making a documentary based off of the book would be the easier thing to do, since adapting the book into a film is going to require actors to play people who such as Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith. Plus, there is a lot of story to be told. One thing is certain though, it’s going to be one very interesting film whenever it comes out.