Miramax gives glimpse of slate

'Highlander' sequel, Shakespeare adaptations in lineup

LAS VEGAS — In a low-key presentation Tuesday evening, Miramax offered movie theater exhibitors a glimpse of 13 of its upcoming 2000 releases — featuring two adaptations of Shakespeare, a “Highlander” sequel, Texas law enforcement and the mandatory Gwyneth Paltrow romance.

West Coast prexy Mark Gill and chairman of worldwide distribution Rick Sands told attendees at the ShoWest exhibitor confab to expect 25 to 30 releases this year, down from 32 in 1999, in keeping with belt-tightening across the industry.

The Disney subsidiary’s product reel touched on high-profile pics including “Bounce,” with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck; “The Yards,” with Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and James Caan; “Texas Rangers,” with Dermott Mulroney and James Van Der Beek; Nicole Kidman starrer “Birthday Girl”; the latest “Highlander” installment called “Highlander End Game”; “Hamlet” with Ethan Hawke; and Kenneth Branaugh’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

Notably absent from the reel was a third Shakespeare adaptation, “Othello.” Other no-shows included this summer’s Merchant Ivory Prods. pic “The Golden Bull,” with Nick Nolte, Uma Thurman and Angelica Huston.

Already in 2000, Miramax has a leg up on 1999 with “Scream 3” and “The Cider House Rules” helping the mini-major to $108 million at the box office in February alone.

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