It was announced moments ago that IFC Films has acquired worldwide rights to “UNAUTHORIZED: THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN PROJECT,” Barry Avrich’s in-the-works documentary about the legendary co-founder of Miramax Films. Described as “a powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account that traces Weinstein’s path from concert promoter on the cold streets of Buffalo to his first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where he arrived with one pair of pants and closed his first movie deal, to winning an Oscar,” the film examines his complex relationships with his brother, his staff, and the Hollywood community at large and features interviews with industry insiders and the Hollywood creative community.
In a press release, director Barry Avrich (“The Last Mogul”) said: “I believe that great stories must be told. Harvey and Bob Weinstein, without a question, redefined so many rules of Hollywood marketing, distribution and filmmaking that you simply can’t ignore their impact on history. Many of their business principles and strategies also redefined other industry practices and quite frankly, other industries. Without Hollywood’s “Last Bully”, there would be no PULP FICTION, no one would have known about that English patient, Rob Marshall would still be a chorus boy and Quentin would be recommending Bruce Lee’s greatest hits in some video store.”
IFC’s Jonathan Sehring noted: “Barry has made an entertaining and provocative film that sheds a tremendous amount of light on what makes this legendary mogul tick.”
I wonder if Sehring and Weinstein will be partnering together anytime soon. The two worked together on the release of “Fahrenheit 9/11.”