Dateline: 12 February 2002
We are happy to announce that another Minghella film
is Oscar bound!
- BBC Films, Intermedia Films
and Miramax Films present a Mirage Enterprises/Scott Rudin/Robert
Fox Production of a Richard Eyre Film.
Academy Award-winner Judy Dench (Shakespeare In Love)
has been nominated for best actress in the role of writer Irish Murdoch
and Academy Award nominee Kate Winslet (Titanic) for best
supporting actress in the role of the younger Irish Murdoch!
Iris, based on John Bayley’s books, ‘Iris - A Memoir’ and
‘Elegy for Iris’, with a screenplay by Eyre and Charles Woodthe
tells the story of the enduring and loving relationship
between novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch and her husband John
Judi Dench and Kate Winslet portray Iris Murdoch during two distinct
periods of her life, while Jim Broadbent and Hugh Bonneville play the
older and younger John Bayley.
‘Iris’ is co-financed by BBC Films, Intermedia Films and Miramax
Films. Mr. Minghella served as the film's Executive Producter
along with Sydney Pollack
Guy East, David Thompson, Tom Headley and Harvey Weinstein.
For more information on the film visit the
BBC Films web page
- Congratulations from the Storyteller web
- From the 7/7 N.Y. Post,
- RABBIT REDUX: WEINSTEIN'S COTTON TALE
By PAUL THARP
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is teaming
up with money-losing MGM to split the costs for making eight
new flicks - starting with the remake of the 1950 hit, "Harvey,"
and the movie version of the top-selling book, "Cold Mountain."
Hollywood's top leading men and ladies
have put in bids for starring roles in the two pictures, since
they could become clear Oscar contenders. Weinstein's Miramax
is already the leading studio for Oscar wins this decade, with
a total of 40.
Vying for the lead of "Harvey"
(whose original star was Jimmy Stewart) are Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks
and Adam Sandler. In the Civil War era novel "Cold Mountain,"
Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are competing for the male lead, while
stars Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman are after
the heroine's role, sources close to the company say.
With movie production costs regularly breaking
the $60-million mark, MGM and Miramax - the king of lower-cost
movies - say they can now afford to expand production and control
Weinstein owns re-make rights to the film
"Harvey," which his brother and partner Bob Weinstein
purchased for him. MGM owns movie rights for the best-selling
Miramax gets U.S. distribution rights on
the first two movies, and MGM gets the international sales. They'll
alternate on the rest of the lineup.
Weinstein said that the group will be able
to delve into MGM's huge library of 5,000 movies - the world's
largest - and develop the other six movies in the pact, based
on the original story or on just a single character of a film.
"We look at this as a great opportunity
to borrow Miramax's development, production and marketing capability
and apply that against our library," said MGM Chief Operating
Officer Chris McGurk.
"Cold Mountain" will be written
and directed by Anthony Minghella, whose credits include "The
English Patient," a Miramax-backed winner of nine Oscars.
MGM hasn't posted a profit in years, and
is undergoing a restructuring ordered by MGM's controlling stockholder
billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. McGurk and Chief Executive Alex Yemenidjian
were picked by Kerkorian to turn around the studio.
McGurk said the deal with Miramax was aimed
at keeping its film production pipeline filled with movies in
years to come. Generally, movies can take two years or more to
complete through pre-production,
shooting and editing.
McGurk said the company's goal was to distribute
10 to 15 movies a year under the MGM banner, with another 10
coming from its United Artists film label, which it is remaking
into a specialty film unit much like
Miramax. MGM's major movie this year will be a new "James
Bond" picture, due in theaters this November. Miramax isn't
a part of that release.
* * * * *
EDITOR"S NOTE : No word on whether
Mr. Minghella has signed on to direct the new Harvey! ;-)
In the Works!
Zaentz Company to Partner with the
Jim Henson Company!
Anthony Minghella and Saul Zaentz are
back in business again! According to Variety, the Zaentz company
and the Jim Henson Company will partner to co-produce a feature
film based on an original screenplay by Mr. Minghella, which
is yet to be titled. Mr. Minghella will not direct this production.
The films plot is centered around a man
whose marriage is on the rocks and feels suicidal. The man's
life is saved by the seven deadly sins, who convince him to live
life according to their passions.
The film will use a mixture of animaltronics
and CGI to portray the seven deadly sins. Production is expected
to begin late spring or early summer of next year.
For further details go to:
Jim Henson Site
* * * * *
Rumors and Rumblings!
Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt
are all reportedly salivating over the lead in Anthony Minghella's
adaptation of the best-selling novel ''Cold Mountain,'' according
to the Hollywood Reporter. It's premature for auditions,though,
because Minghella is just starting to write the script based
on the National Book Award winner.... This book is incredible!
* * * * *