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Weinstein Co. declares slate of films

MUMBAI: The Weinstein Co. (TWC) has declared its slate of films to be released this year. The goal for TWC is to have four to six wide releases a year and at least a half-dozen other limited releases, both in-house productions and acquisitions.


The company‘s next wide release will be Piranha 3-D that will open on 20 August in more than 2,000 US theatres. Apparently, TWC has been able to book the number of 3D screens it needs.


That will mark the first film in a renewal of the Dimension division run by Bob Weinstein. Other sequel titles being developed in 3D include Hellraiser and Children of the Corn.


A wide release is planned for Scream 4 in April and then Spy Kids 4 in August next year, currently in production with budgets of about $40 million each. In active development for wide release are sequels to Scary Movie and Halloween among others.


Meanwhile, Harvey Weinsteinis said to be focused again on films with lower budgets (typically $15 million-$25 million) that will get platform releases that could be expanded. That includes at least four this year that will be given his well-known Oscar push.


The films seen as worthy of Academy consideration are The King‘s Speech starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, Sundance pickup Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and the recent acquisition Miral from director Julian Schnabel and starring Freida Pinto and Willem Dafoe.


The Weinsteins also will push documentary The Tillman Story about the NFL player who went to Afghanistan and was killed by friendly fire. Harvey Weinstein apparently did a re-edit on Blue Valentine after it was screened at Cannes.


On Wednesday, TWC firmed up dates for its slate of limited releases. In addition to those mentioned, they are Nowhere Boy (Oct. 8), The Company Men (Oct. 22) and two others Easy Money and Reign of Assassins that will release this year.
 

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