Remember Miramax? That was Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s storied company named after their parents. Disney made the brothers leave it behind when they started The Weinstein Co. Since Qatar Holding purchased Miramax in 2010 (with the investor group led by Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s Colony Capital) Miramax has largely been a library and more recently a television and co-production play. Well, Hollywood veteran Zanne Devine, Miramax’s Executive Vice President, Production and Development, is waking up the little studio, partnering with indie distributor Roadside Attractions on Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, which is opening in Summer 2015. (Trailer below.)
His version of the story begins in 1947 when an aging Holmes (McKellen) returns from Japan, where he was seeking a restorative plant and witnessed the devastation of nuclear war. Settled at a remote seaside farm, Holmes tends to his bees in the company of his housekeeper (Linney) and her young son (Milo Parker) with whom he becomes close–and who helps him revisit an unsolved case.
Miramax is developing projects in both film and TV. Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” has a second season coming up. Development includes a “Gangs of New York” series with Martin Scorsese and the upcoming production “The 9th Life of Louis Drax,” starring Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”). Miramax also released in partnership with Sony’s Screen Gems Jeremy Garelick’s “The Wedding Ringer,” starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.