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Weinsteins, Eyeing "Lives of Others" Remake, Renew Mirage Deal

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire March 1, 2007 at 6:36AM

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has scored a deal for remake rights to Oscar foreign language winner "The Lives of Others." TWC also announced tonight that it has renewed its exclusive first-look deal with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella's Mirage Productions. The three-year pact includes Minghella and Pollack's production-related activities, according to the announcement. The two companies recently produced "Breaking and Entering," currently in theaters. Other projects on tap include "I Don't Know How She Does It," based on Allison Pearson's novel of the same name (written by Aline Brosh McKenna), to be directed by David Frankel. Also on the slate are "The Amulet of Samarkand," based on the first novel in Jonathan Stroud's "Bartimaeus Trilogy," adapted by Hossein Amini, "The Ninth Life of Louis Drax," based on a novel by Liz Jensen, to be written and directed by Minghella, "The Reader," based on the Bernard Schlink novel of the same name, and "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," a series for television, with a pilot written by Minghella and Richard Curtis, and to be directed by Minghella. [Eugene Hernandez]
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The Weinstein Company (TWC) has scored a deal for remake rights to Oscar foreign language winner "The Lives of Others." TWC also announced tonight that it has renewed its exclusive first-look deal with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella's Mirage Productions. The three-year pact includes Minghella and Pollack's production-related activities, according to the announcement. The two companies recently produced "Breaking and Entering," currently in theaters. Other projects on tap include "I Don't Know How She Does It," based on Allison Pearson's novel of the same name (written by Aline Brosh McKenna), to be directed by David Frankel. Also on the slate are "The Amulet of Samarkand," based on the first novel in Jonathan Stroud's "Bartimaeus Trilogy," adapted by Hossein Amini, "The Ninth Life of Louis Drax," based on a novel by Liz Jensen, to be written and directed by Minghella, "The Reader," based on the Bernard Schlink novel of the same name, and "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," a series for television, with a pilot written by Minghella and Richard Curtis, and to be directed by Minghella. [Eugene Hernandez]