Coming off a night of losses (with one notable exception), Harvey Weinstein is keeping himself on the hunt for any potential winners on next year’s awards circuit. But to discuss that sort of thing, now, makes me want to avoid anything that could be said to so much as resemble mainstream cinema, so it’s best only to focus on the strictly business-related details of these recent pick-ups — not to mention some photos, for good measure.
According to Deadline, The Weinstein Company have just purchased two biopics: Grace of Monaco, the Nicole Kidman-starring, Grace Kelly-centered picture directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie en rose), and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a picture about the African leader that stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris (Skyfall). Either have a certain level of pedigree behind them, of course, though the former acquisition is getting more notice — both for its stars and subject, who happens to be considered a little more glamorous than Nelson Mandela. The deal on Grace, including marketing, comes down to a minimum of $15 million, though I’ll bet the investment ends up increasing when proper campaigning becomes a necessity to the studio.
Expect Grace of Monaco to arrive in December, while Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom should arrive toward the end of 2013.
The LA Times have learned of a third buy: Southpaw, director Antoine Fuqua‘s long-struggling drama about a boxer. Once an MGM / Sony project that, in addition, would serve as an acting vehicle for Eminem (he’s since left), the project is currently starless. The Weinstein business, however, is significant for a work that had been dead in the water for some time, and the screenplay by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is still in play; as was the case then, it follows “a lefthanded prizefighter who wins a title but then suffers a tragedy and must put the pieces together to earn the respect of his young daughter.”
Discussions over casting have been underway, and shooting may commence in 2013.
Does it sound as if The Weinstein Company are making wise moves in recent days?
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