Producer Richard Gladstein has reupped with Miramax Films in a two-year, first-look production deal.
Under the new terms, Gladstein’s FilmColony banner will become non-exclusive to Miramax, so that the exec producer of “Jackie Brown” can generate pics for other studios.
“They’ve been great, and I’m thrilled to stay at Miramax, but I’d like to explore projects with other folks,” Gladstein told Daily Variety. “The key thing for me is that it enables me to stay with my family and have affairs at the same time.”
FilmColony just completed the Miramax disco entry “54” along with producers Dolly Hall and Ira Deutchman. With director Anthony Drazan and David Hamburger, Gladstein also produced “Hurlyburly,” starring Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey, which Fine Line will release in December.
And, with Cathy Konrad, Gladstein is producing Kevin Williamson’s directorial debut, “Killing Mrs. Tingle,” for Dimension Films.
“Richard has been a member of the Miramax family for many years, and Bob (Weinstein) and I have watched him grow,” said Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “We could not be happier to extend our relationship with him.”
The prolific company has “She’s All That” in production and “Cider House Rules,” on which Gladstein is the sole producer, set to start shooting in late September under Lasse Hallstrom’s helm. Tobey Maguire, Paul Rudd and Kathy Baker will star in the pic.
Formerly head of production for Miramax, Gladstein exec produced such pics as “Reservoir Dogs,” “The Crossing Guard,” “The Young Americans” and “The Journey of August King.” Together with the Weinsteins, he co-exec produced the huge Miramax hit “Pulp Fiction,” helmed by Quentin Tarantino.
He stepped down from Miramax in 1995 to segue into a three-year, exclusive production deal for FilmColony.
Other pics in development at FilmColony are: “Mr. Vertigo,” to be co-produced with Nick Wechsler and Industry Entertainment; “Solomon Grundy,” based on a novel by Dan Gooch; and “Sol Goode,” penned by Danny Comden and directed by Kieran Walsh.
FilmColony also is backing “Air Time,” the next pic from director Scott Ziehl (“Broken Vessels”). Pic is about a group of disaffected youths who devise ingenious ways of baiting the police into high-speed car chases. Gladstein is producing “Air Time” with Lawrence Bender.