Tarantino Wants to Make a Harvey Weinstein Documentary?
I don't think I've ever thought that I'd actually want to see a documentary about power producer Harvey Weinstein, but maybe it could be interesting after all. In a NY Times article from last week (via SlashFilm) about another different Harvey Weinstein documentary, the director of that film told them that "Quentin Tarantino was considering a competing project that would chronicle Mr. Weinstein's professional life." The doc that the article is actually about will apparently be a no-holds-barred look at Weinstein that will be called Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, but I'm much more interested in Tarantino's project.
Harvey Weinstein is an producer who co-founded Miramax in 1979 and now runs The Weinstein Company with his brother Bob Weinstein. Tarantino's doc would supposedly focus on his days as a concert promoter leading up to the "heyday" of Miramax, which is some of the same story that's also told in the book Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film. That's actually the only part of Weinstein's life that I want to see a documentary about, because I think it would actually be fascinating to see the inside story. Tarantino's rep says Harvey and Quentin are "unofficially kicking around the idea."
Everyone probably already knows that Tarantino and Weinstein are good friends. Harvey has produced six of his films and Miramax and/or TWC has distributed almost all of them, including Inglourious Basterds (in partnership with Universal). Sure, that means there is probably going to be a little bit biased if Tarantino does make a documentary, but I don't really mind that much. I'd just like to see a very well-made doc about Harvey Weinstein that focuses on how he became as successful as he is today in this industry. Hopefully we'll get to see exactly that in one or these two documentaries. Anyone else want to see this happen?