The Weinsteins are finally reuniting with Miramax, the movie studio they founded back in 1979, to produce and distribute films and TV shows based on the studio's library, reports The New York Times. So basically, we can expect lots and lots of remakes and sequels repackaging classics like Reservoir Dogs, and Pulp Fiction, and Chocolat. (People are dying for a sequel to Chocolat.)
The deal gives the brothers 20 years to milk profits out of past classics, and they already have a few ideas.
What's Been Suggested
According to The Times, Harvey Weinstein "identified Shakespeare in Love ... as a film that might quickly generate a sequel."
Swingers, the 1996 movie about the Los Angeles lounge scene, might make a good TV show, reportedly. No word yet on whether that would be a period piece or an updated remake, though Weinstein said it could look a lot like Entourage.
Good Will Hunting and Flirting With Disaster could end up being reimagined as TV shows.
Fox Force Five, the fictional series referenced in Pulp Fiction, could also make it on to the silver screen, according to The Financial Times. “It intrigues Quentin,” Harvey Weinstein said. “He loves TV and he loves movies.”
Deadline reports that Rounders 2 is shaping up pretty well. “I’ve discussed making Rounders 2 with Matt Damon and I would say that’s going to be instantaneous,” Weinstein said.
What Might Be...
A few humble suggestions:
A Bridget Jones remake. The first movie is already 12 years old, and Colin Firth isn't getting any younger.
She's All That would make a decent high school romantic comedy TV show. It worked for ABC Family and 10 Things I Hate About You.
Kinky Boots, the movie musical based on the musical based on the movie. Ride that Tony Award momentum.
A remake of 1992's The Crying Game , including a revival of the ad campaign begging audiences not to reveal the film's big secret. Hey, if it worked for Oldboy... (okay, it did not work for Oldboy).
What Should Never Be
Gnomeo and Juliet 2 — one was enough.
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