Before we get to the sequels, I will try to walk you through this topsy-turvy world of corporate ownership of media. Let me introduce our principle characters:
The Weinstein Brothers - and , Two very famous Holloywood producers, who founded Miramax, Dimension, and The Weinstein Company and have a huge list of some of the biggest and best films since the late 70s under their belts. Seriously. It's very impressive.
Disney - You all know Disney. They bought Miramax in 1993 and sold it in 2010.
The Weinstein Company - The new production studio made by the Weinsteins after they left the then Disney-owned Miramax in 2005.
Colony Capital and Qatar Holding - The people who bought Miramax from Disney but weren't too sure what to do with it, so they brought the Weinstein's back to help them make movies
So. Still with me? Good. After Colony Capital and Qatar holding acquired Miramax from Disney, they had no idea what to do. They are sitting on a huge library of creative property, and they, being businessmen, want to capitalize on it:
Sure, we own the intellectual property in the library, and most of the intellectual properties in development, but we didn’t have the art form. If I called Quentin Tarantino and said, I have a great idea how to do a Pulp Fiction TV series, chances are it would be a very short conversation
So they negotiated a deal with the Weinstein's who are now in some kind of arrangement where they have partial rights to their old films again, and can use the content to their hearts desire, provided it brings in money for Colony Capital and Qatar Holdings.
It’s like unlocking a kingdom full of gold - Harvey Weinstein.
Enter the Sequels.
I’ve discussed making Rounders 2 with Matt Damon and I would say that’s going to be instantaneous ... There might be a certain beautiful Parisian actress involved in it, and then we’re off to the racetrack and Vegas with Matty and Edward Norton, and a new supervillain to replace John Malkovich.
A sequel of Shakespeare in Love is also apparently one of their top priorities, as is adapting Good Will Hunting into a television series. I can't say I am too excited by any of this, as it is pretty blatantly nothing more than a cash grab. Though perhaps with the Weinstein's there to be in control creatively, we might see some interesting remakes and sequels.
But seriously, isn't it enough already with all the sequels and prequels and trilogies? What do you guys think?