Miramax Partners with Weinstein for Blu-ray, Digital Delivery16 Dec, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey
Look for sequels to Bad Santa, Rounders and Shakespeare in Love in the near future, and for new bonus features for future Blu-ray Disc releases for classic Miramax films, thanks to a new agreement between the studio and The Weinstein Co.
“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,” Weinstein’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein said in a statement.
Clerks, From Dusk Till Dawn, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Copland, Shall We Dance, Swingers and The Amityville Horror are among the other films for which Miramax is looking to produce sequels. The agreement expands on one that already sees as Scream 4, Spy Kids 4 and Scary Movie 5 in the pipeline.
Part of the agreement has Miramax and Weinstein creating new material for Blu-ray releases of Miramax films, including roundtables featuring cast and directors. The agreement also calls for Miramax to handle digital distribution on some of the sequel projects.
“There is no better partner to build on these great films and turn them into franchises, while also creating exciting, new TV properties,” Miramax CEO Mike Lang said of Weinstein. “This agreement will extend the Miramax library while also enabling us to create new content without committing near-term capital.”