Startup’s slate mixes prestige with genre pix

TWC introduces fresh sked with familiar faces

After a year of rolling out mostly acquired pics and leftovers from the Miramax and Dimension slates, Harvey and Bob Weinstein plan a lineup of films that mix fresh faces with Miramax alumni.

The fall season includes titles “Bobby,” “Miss Potter” and “Factory Girl” (with Sienna Miller already being touted as an Oscar contender). On their heels will come the latest Thomas Harris big-screen adaptation “Young Hannibal” and another pop lit pic “The Nanny Diaries.” Those are in addition to the pulpy Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez collaboration “Grindhouse” and Denzel Washington’s directorial effort “The Great Debaters.”

Among the projects the company is developing is “Rain in Spain,” a potential starring vehicle for Penelope Cruz, with the company in talks with Lasse Hallstrom to direct; and an adaptation of Dan Gooch’s novel “Solomon Grundy,” with Danny Boyle in negotiations to direct.

Next spring, Rob Marshall will begin shooting a musical, and Anthony Minghella will shoot “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.”

Meanwhile, following up on the success of their most successful movie so far, Dimension’s “Scary Movie 4,” which was distribbed with Disney, they have another genre spoof up their sleeve in “Superhero.”

“That one will be wholly owned by us,” Bob Weinstein says. “It’s wholly from our cloth. All that’s happened is the name of the company that’s changed. That’s how I look at it.”

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