Vincent D'Onofrio to Play Harvey Weinstein in Down & Dirty
by Alex Billington
December 16, 2009
If you've worked in the movie industry at all, you've probably heard of the book Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. It's about the time when Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein ran Miramax in the 90's and what the independent film world was really like. It's apparently a fascinating read, giving a gritty and realistic inside look at the independent filmmaking world that you won't find anywhere else. Well, ScreenDaily is reporting that Yamani Pictures is adapting the book and they've set Vincent D'Onofrio (above left) to play Harvey Weinstein in this. Perfect choice, I think.
Yamani has also hired Kenneth Bowser, of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, to direct the adaptation. My only concern is that while it is a great book, I don't know if it's really going to turn out any good adapted as a feature film. If anything, it could be a good documentary, but as a feature, I just don't know? Will the industry get a kick out of seeing someone mock Harvey Weinstein on screen? Or will they turn their backs to this "inside joke" of a film? It's hard to tell, but I guess I'm interested. While we wait for more info on this, you should pick up Down and Dirty on Amazon.