This Could Get Ugly: Miramax Working On ‘Shakespeare In Love’ And ‘Rounders’ Sequels


Oh, Hollywood. When will you learn that not every great film must be followed with a needless sequel?

It may only be Monday, but Deadline is reporting that Miramax is making the most of the week before Christmas this morning by announcing a new alliance with Colony Capital to exploit – errr, I mean further develop previously successful properties from the studio’s extensive library. The deal spans twenty years and includes plans for film and television.

So, why the wait? Harvey Weinstein has been wanting to develop new spins on old titles for a while, but he left the studio’s library with Disney when he and his brother parted ways from the Mouse house years ago. Qatar Holding and Colony Capital bought the Miramax library in 2010 for around $660 million, and through this alliance Harvey is now once again able to do what he pleases with old titles, including a few you probably never expected to see given new life.

“I personally have never made a sequel,” Weinstein says, “but I will make Shakespeare In Love as one. I’ve always wanted to do that and now we have the impetus to,” but it looks like it won’t be first on the table, as he adds, “I’ve discussed making Rounders 2 with Matt Damon and I would say that’s going to be instantaneous.”

But wait, there’s more.

Weinstein adds a few details, saying, “The guys [writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman] have a great idea, a way to make it more international where you start the card game in Paris, that’s all I want to say. 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.”

In addition to announcing the almost assured development of Rounders 2, there is already talk that Robert Deniro has been approached to star opposite Matt Damon and Edward Norton as the sequel’s villain. No comment from any of the actors named has been released thus far.

Other properties being considered for new life include a Pulp Fiction TV series, which I cannot possibly imagine Quentin Tarantino signing off on, as well as sequel/series based off Bad Santa, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Cop Land, From Dusk till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, The Amityville Horror. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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