DAILY NEWS: Cowboy's Pick-Up; Miramax on "Prozac" and "Gangs of New York" News
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Cowboy Gets Fourth NY Fest Film
(indieWIRE/10.15.01) -- As the 2001 New York Film Festival came to a close,
Cowboy Pictures announced its acquisition of another Festival film, Shunji
Iwai's "All About Lily Chou Chou." The movie marks the company's fourth in
the Festival. Additionally, the company announced that it will also release the director's 1998 feature, "April Story."
"Lily," described as a "cyberspace romantic thriller," screened at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Wouter Barendrecht of Fortissimo Film Sales sold the movie to Cowboy Pictures' Noah Cowan and John Vanco.
"All About Lily Chou Chou" is Shunji Iwai's fourth feature film. "Love
Letter" was released by Fine Line in 1998. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Miramax Nabs "Prozac Nation"
(indieWIRE/10.15.01) -- Miramax has nabbed rights to Erik Skjoldbjaerg's
"Prozac Nation," which screened recently at the Toronto International Film
Miramax nabbed the film's U.S., UK and Italian rights to the movie, which
stars Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Michelle Williams, Jason Biggs, Anne
Heche, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> "Gangs of New York" Postponed
(indieWIRE/10.15.01) -- The release of Martin Scorsese's anticipated new
film, "Gangs of New York," has been postponed until next year in light of
current events. Scorsese and Harvey Weinstein issued a joint statement on
the matter last week, after speculation arose about the fate of the film.
"In light of the ever-changing current events, we have chosen to err on the
side of sensitivity and postpone the wide release of the film until 2002,"
the two said. "Our decision to postpone the film's release is based on its
setting in downtown Manhattan during the Civil War in the midst of the
1860's draft riots -- one of the most difficult and challenging times in
Reports indicate that Miramax is still considering a limited release of the
movie later this year to qualify it for Academy Awards consideration.