Miramax & Weinstein Co Partner for Bad Santa, Rounders Sequels
by Alex Billington
December 16, 2010
The new Miramax already wants to make a name for itself. We knew it was coming, with the World Series of Poker still as popular as ever, an (unnecessary) sequel to Rounders would eventually rear its ugly head. Miramax and The Weinstein Company (TWC) today announced an agreement to create sequels to some of Miramax's best-known movies. The first films to be produced under the agreement will be sequels to Bad Santa, Rounders and Shakespeare in Love. Other potential "sequels & TV projects": Bridget Jones’s Diary, Copland, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance and Amityville Horror. Whoa!
This is actually great news, because they're planning to do more than just producing sequels. They've "also agreed to develop new, special edition materials for Blu-ray releases, such as roundtables featuring cast and directors." Earlier this year, Disney sold off Miramax to Ron Tutor's Filmyard Holdings LLC, and they put everything on hold until the deal went through and the company could get its staff in place. Looks like it's now heating up and they're getting in bed with the guys that started the company. "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," commented TWC's Harvey & Bob Weinstein.
"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," added TWC COO David Glasser. This sounds like a hefty partnership, one that will result in many good projects. And yes, despite my complaints about Rounders, it's going to happen whether I like it or not. Though I'm intrigued by the mention of From Dusk Till Dawn and Swingers - more sequels or just TV projects from both of those? As always, we'll definitely keep you updated on the upcoming Miramax sequels like Rounders, Bad Santa (which was just in the news) and Shakespeare in Love - so stick around.