March 29, 2017

“Bad Santa,” “Shakespeare In Love” part of Miramax-Weinstein sequel deal


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Are you ready for the further adventures of a smitten Shakespeare? How about more card-shark games with the “Rounders” crew?

That seems to be the intention of Miramax films, which today announced a partnership with The Weinstein Company to produce sequels of popular films from the Miramax library. “Shakespeare In Love,” “Rounders” and “Bad Santa” were tapped as the first films to receive the sequel treatment, though “Copland,” “Swingers,” “Clerks” (which already has a sequel!) and “From Dusk Til Dawn” also were mentioned.

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“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,” stated TWC’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein. “We look forward to working with Mike and his team on getting these films into production as soon as possible, and extending our partnership in the years ahead.”

Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, stated: “We are thrilled and honored to work with Harvey and Bob Weinstein. There is no better partner to build on these great films and turn them into franchises, while also creating exciting new TV properties. This agreement will extend the Miramax library while also enabling us to create new content without committing near-term capital.”

“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,” stated TWC COO David Glasser. “We clearly believe it will be mutually beneficial for both companies.”

So what do you think? Do you want to see sequels to beloved Miramax films? And if so, which titles haven’t they announced that you’d like to see handled? Let us know in the comments section.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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