Producer unveils Irving, Tarentino projects

HOLLYWOOD — Academy Award-nominated producer Richard Gladstein (“The Cider House Rules”) has reupped his first-look deal with Miramax for two more years while unveiling new projects with John Irving, Raymond De Felitta, Quentin Tarantino and Anthony LaPaglia.

Under his producing deals at Miramax over the past five years, Gladstein also produced “She’s All That,” “Hurlyburly” and “54.”

“While we have enjoyed a great deal of success with Richard on a number of movies,” said Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, “it culminated with the Oscar-nominated ‘Cider House.’ I couldn’t be more proud of Richard — as he’s grown from heading our production department to being one of the top producers in Hollywood.”

Gladstein’s FilmColony is based in Los Angeles with a staff that includes Gary Binkow, senior veep of production, and Stacy Zand, director of development.

Fun with film, TV

Company is developing a number of movies at Miramax and other studios while making forays into television. Its first TV project is the telepic “When Angels Sing” for ABC/Disney, with Turk Pipkin penning the script based on his novel; a Christmas broadcast is expected.

Among Gladstein’s projects in active development at Miramax are the thriller “The Fig Eater,” based on the novel by Jody Shields, being adapted by Dean Georgaris (“The Manchurian Candidate” remake); “Never Land,” based on Allan Knee’s play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” with scribe David Magee adapting; and “Solomon Grundy,” from the novel by Dan Gooch, with Robert Nelson Jacobs (“Dinosaur,” “Chocolate”) on board as scribe.

Gladstein recently optioned and set up at Miramax the Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury novel “Icebound: A Story of Men, Dogs, Courage, and the Race to Save an Arctic Town.” Book tells the true story of the 1925 dogsled race to bring serum to Nome, Al., before an outbreak of diphtheria.

FilmColony steams ahead

The following projects are also in development at FilmColony:

  • “A Son of the Circus,” based on the John Irving novel of the same title, with Irving (“Cider House Rules”) adapting. Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges are attached to star, and Martin Bell (“Streetwise”) is on board to helm.

  • Writer-director Raymond De Felitta’s “City Desk,” a thriller set in New York City.

  • “Vanished,” based on the novel by Mary McGarry Morris, with Swiss helmer Marc Forster (“Everything Put Together”) attached to direct and Thom Thomas penning the script.

  • “Fred ’62,” from writer-director Alexandre Rockwell (“Four Rooms”), with Quentin Tarantino as producing partner.

  • “A View From the Bridge,” based on the Arthur Miller play, with Anthony LaPaglia, who won the Tony for his starring turn in the Broadway production, committed to star.

  • “Mr. Vertigo,” based on the Paul Auster novel, with Auster and Philip and Belinda Haas writing the adaptation. Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) has expressed interest in directing. Producing partner is Nick Wechsler, and the project is set up at Miramax.

  • “Nature’s Cure,” centering on a rebellious group of teenagers forced into a behavioral treatment program in the Pacific Northwest. Writer is Chris Kletzien; Fred Dunst, lead singer of the rock band Limp Bizkit, will direct. Project is set up at Warner Bros.

  • “The Glory of Love,” which revolves around a nebbishy bank executive turned thief who falls in love with the hit woman hired to kill him. Scribe is Reuben Leder. Helmer Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”) is attached to direct the pic, set up at DreamWorks.

Gladstein’s credits include exec producing all Tarantino’s directing efforts “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown.”

Bob Osher, co-president of production, and Eric Roth, veep of business and legal affairs, negotiated Gladstein’s deal on Miramax’s behalf.

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