Miramax aboard Scorsese ‘Voyage’

Docu to preem on TCM, along with DVD release

NEW YORK — Miramax Films has acquired from Turner Entertainment Networks all television and vid rights to Martin Scorsese’s doc “My Voyage to Italy,” a personal history through Italo cinema screening at the New York Film Festival.

“This is such an intellectually and emotionally satisfying project from one of the greatest filmmakers of all time,” Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein told Daily Variety. “I’d also especially like to thank (Turner’s) Jamie Kellner who made this possible,” he added.

“I made the film with young people in mind, just as I did with my documentary on American movies,” Scorsese said. “I wanted to shake the dust off film history and ground it within common, everyday, lived experiences. Ultimately, I wanted to do with these films what the best teachers did for me, which was create a sense of continuity between the past, the present and the future.”

Deal reps the third time Miramax has collaborated with Scorsese. The studio will release the upcoming Scorsese-helmed “Gangs of New York,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis. It distributed the helmer’s previous doc film series, “A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies.”

“My Voyage” will be released on DVD concurrently with its television premiere on Turner Classic Movies in June. TCM preem will be accompanied by a fest of 20 pics from Italy’s most acclaimed directors.

“My Voyage to Italy” is hosted, co-written and helmed by Scorsese. It is presented by Mediatrade in association with Cappa Prods. and Paso Doble Films. Doc was screened at the Cannes Intl. Film Festival earlier this year and will be the fourth movie handled by Miramax that is screening at the New York fest.

“My Voyage” pays tribute to some of Italy’s greatest films and filmmakers while revealing Scorsese’s own maturation as a filmmaker.

“We value the network’s continuing relationship with Mr. Scorsese, and we are pleased to have the exclusive television premiere of ‘My Voyage to Italy’ on TCM,” said the cabler’s exec veep and general manager, Tom Karsch. In 2000, the network premiered “A Personal Journey” with a festival of films hosted by the helmer.

Andrew Herwitz, senior veep of acquisitions, negotiated the deal on behalf of Miramax.

Miramax has three other entries in the New York film festival –“Baran,” “Italian for Beginners” and “The Son’s Room.”

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