Hollywood Ink: Weinsteins Closing in on Miramax Deal
· Harvey and Bob Weinstein didn't likely see Kick-Ass this weekend either -- they were locked in negotiations with Disney to reclaim the Miramax brand they launched 31 years ago. The discussions came during their five-day window of exclusivity, during which the brothers -- funded largely by backers Ron Burkle, Fortress Investment Group and Colbeck Capital Management -- are expected to close a deal for around $625 million. Chill the champagne! Just make sure it's the cheap stuff. [Variety]
A literary legend may land at the movies (in 3-D, of course), an L.A. scandal gets the screen treatment, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· Kahlil Gibran's enduring 1923 new-age bestseller The Prophet is being developed as a feature -- in animated 3-D, natch. The collection of 26 poems will be farmed out to different houses and artists before coming together for a late 2011 release. [Variety]
· The Messenger co-writer/director Oren Moverman is attached to write and direct Rampart, a drama based on the infamous corruption and violence scandal of the same name that afflicted the Los Angeles Police Department in the late '90s. Perhaps naturally, it's based on a story by James Ellroy, [Variety]
· Oscar-nominated director Charles Ferguson's latest documentary Inside Job -- the Cannes-premiering, globe-trotting glimpse at the economic collapse -- has been acquired for Stateside release by Sony Pictures Classics. [Variety]