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New Miramax deal has Rounders and Shakespeare in love sequels coming, plus a Good Will Hunting TV show

12.16.2013

Get ready to be "Miramaxed" out.

The Weinstein Brothers have forged a deal to return to Miramax in order to "exploit the creative properties in the library that [they] left behind when they exited Disney. The deal will span multiple years and multiple titles for films, TV series and live stage productions." So, what does that mean content wise? For starters, Harvey Weinstein is dead set on sequels for both ROUNDERS and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, as well as TV shows for both GOOD WILL HUNTING and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER.

“In an age where there is so much demand for television, we see a lot of TV series. I personally have never made a sequel, but I will make Shakespeare In Love as one. I’ve always wanted to do that and now we have the impetus to. There is so much intellectual property, and we’re in an age where, for however long it lasts, content is king."

Weinstein is adamant about making a sequel to ROUNDERS, the 1998 gambling pic from director John Dahl, saying:

“I’ve discussed making Rounders 2 with Matt Damon and I would say that’s going to be instantaneous. 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.”

Weinstein is apparently "eyeing Robert De Niro for [the villain] role."

To me, Miramax always felt like the indie playground that ushered in a few Oscar contenders each year, but wasn't exactly a major hub for franchise fare. It's interesting that Weinstein is so confident that all of these properties will translate to TV or continue on the big screen with any guaranteed level of success. I mean, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE is one of the most overrated Oscar winners of all time. I can't imagine anyone dying for a sequel, unless they just want to see Gwyneth topless again. There's certainly potential in the massive library of titles in Miramax's library, but none of it is guaranteed to fly with sequels, spinoffs, and series. They're in the same predicament that comes with any follow up and that rests squarely with the writers, producers, actors, etc. making a quality product, regardless of what was established beforehand.

How do YOU like these apples? Is there a particular Miramax property you'd like to see as a sequel, spinoff, or TV show?

Source: Deadline

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11:14PM on 12/16/2013
Rounders is one of those movies that me and my circle of friends latched onto and made it our own. We were playing poker, laying down monster hands, eating Oreos and bitching about not splashing the pot for at least a year. News of a sequel has me so excited my poker face is starting to crack. I have to say though that hearing the director talk about international locations and a "supervillain" has me a bit worried. This is starting to sound more like Oceans 14 than a sequel to Rounders.
Rounders is one of those movies that me and my circle of friends latched onto and made it our own. We were playing poker, laying down monster hands, eating Oreos and bitching about not splashing the pot for at least a year. News of a sequel has me so excited my poker face is starting to crack. I have to say though that hearing the director talk about international locations and a "supervillain" has me a bit worried. This is starting to sound more like Oceans 14 than a sequel to Rounders.
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10:31PM on 12/16/2013
Rounders 2? With Matt Damon and Edward Norton returning? Yes, please.
Rounders 2? With Matt Damon and Edward Norton returning? Yes, please.
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9:08PM on 12/16/2013

Rounders 2: All In; The Double Stuf

Mike and Worm return for one last big score. Guess who's running the biggest game in town AND has a whole new box of Oreo's?
Mike and Worm return for one last big score. Guess who's running the biggest game in town AND has a whole new box of Oreo's?
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7:38PM on 12/16/2013
Smacks of desperation.

If there *has* to be a Shakespeare in Love 2 though, they've gotta cast Anne Hathaway as Anne Hathaway.
Smacks of desperation.

If there *has* to be a Shakespeare in Love 2 though, they've gotta cast Anne Hathaway as Anne Hathaway.
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6:44PM on 12/16/2013
as long as Matt Damon and Edward Norton are back, then I'm down. I really enjoyed Rounders.
as long as Matt Damon and Edward Norton are back, then I'm down. I really enjoyed Rounders.
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4:27PM on 12/16/2013
Shakespeare in Love has great potential for a sequel. And, I am sincere in writing that. A person is curious how Viola fares in the New World. Certainly, Shakespeare has a further history that a sequel could further present and explore. I liked Shakespeare in Love. The movie was very well-researched. The humor was both intelligent and funny. And, the movie was worth discussing afterward. It is a good movie worthy of a Best Picture Oscar. However, 1998 offered other films that were perhaps more
Shakespeare in Love has great potential for a sequel. And, I am sincere in writing that. A person is curious how Viola fares in the New World. Certainly, Shakespeare has a further history that a sequel could further present and explore. I liked Shakespeare in Love. The movie was very well-researched. The humor was both intelligent and funny. And, the movie was worth discussing afterward. It is a good movie worthy of a Best Picture Oscar. However, 1998 offered other films that were perhaps more worthy of the Oscar--such as Saving Private Ryan.

The Weinsteins do well with projects that are not necessarily standard fare. Part of Cloud Atlas resembles this planned Shakespeare in Love sequel. I look forward to this project. The final product might be good, and a person is willing to give it a chance.
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4:03PM on 12/16/2013
There is no reason to do anything with Good Will Hunting. The story is over. He goes to get Skylar and he begins to let the world in.

Rounders on the other hand is a better idea. I've always wanted to see Mike and Worm run into each other as rivals, or even watch Mike take on the World Series of Poker
There is no reason to do anything with Good Will Hunting. The story is over. He goes to get Skylar and he begins to let the world in.

Rounders on the other hand is a better idea. I've always wanted to see Mike and Worm run into each other as rivals, or even watch Mike take on the World Series of Poker
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3:35PM on 12/16/2013

What's next? THE CRYING GAME 2?

"Yup. She's still a guy."
"Yup. She's still a guy."
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2:36PM on 12/16/2013
Sooooo....Rounders 2 is gonna have some kinda Ultron or Thanos type supervillain, right? That's what he means?
Sooooo....Rounders 2 is gonna have some kinda Ultron or Thanos type supervillain, right? That's what he means?
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1:16PM on 12/16/2013
These sound like they're being made for purely creative and artistic reasons, and not at all like shameless cash-grabs to exploit past successes. Mr. Weinstein, you are a true visionary.
These sound like they're being made for purely creative and artistic reasons, and not at all like shameless cash-grabs to exploit past successes. Mr. Weinstein, you are a true visionary.
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12:55PM on 12/16/2013
Wow, late-'90s nostalgia kick. Rounders is the only title I can see making a sequel or even serializing. I suppose there could be some potential with Shakespeare in Love, considering the Bard had a long career ahead of him. But really, I can't imagine Good Will Hunting, or even Flirting With Disaster, as a series (okay, Flirting With Disaster had all the elements of a multi-camera sitcom complete with canned laughter, but David O. Russell took th emore interesting route and decided to turn it
Wow, late-'90s nostalgia kick. Rounders is the only title I can see making a sequel or even serializing. I suppose there could be some potential with Shakespeare in Love, considering the Bard had a long career ahead of him. But really, I can't imagine Good Will Hunting, or even Flirting With Disaster, as a series (okay, Flirting With Disaster had all the elements of a multi-camera sitcom complete with canned laughter, but David O. Russell took th emore interesting route and decided to turn it into a road movie, which resolved itself pretty neatly in the end).
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12:42PM on 12/16/2013
Hell no on a Good Will Hunting series. There is no need for a television show after that great film.

I would be excited for a Rounders 2, but only if John Dahl, Damon, and Norton ALL returned.
Hell no on a Good Will Hunting series. There is no need for a television show after that great film.

I would be excited for a Rounders 2, but only if John Dahl, Damon, and Norton ALL returned.
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12:25PM on 12/16/2013
Applesauce, bitch.
Applesauce, bitch.
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12:17PM on 12/16/2013

Great, was waiting for this.

Said no one.
Said no one.
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6:46PM on 12/16/2013
I'd like a Rounders 2 if the cast returned
I'd like a Rounders 2 if the cast returned
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