‘Park’ helmer Rozema signs 2-pic deal

M'Max inks first-look with an early collaborator

NEW YORK — Miramax has awarded Patricia Rozema, writer and director of its upcoming release “Mansfield Park,” a first-look, two-picture deal.

In addition to helming the loose adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1814 novel, Rozema, 41, wrote and directed one of the mini-major’s first theatrical releases: 1987’s “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing.”

“Our relationship with Patricia goes back more than 10 years with ‘Mermaids,’ ” said Miramax co-topper Harvey Weinstein. “We are thrilled to be working with her again (on) ‘Mansfield Park,’ and I can’t wait to work with her again.”

Rozema’s other credits include 1995’s “When Night is Falling” and 1990’s “White Room.” Last year, she won an Emmy for outstanding classical music dance program for the “Six Gestures” episode of “Yo Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach.”

Exec veep Charles Layton and senior veepee of business affairs Michael Luisi negotiated the deal on behalf of Miramax.

Rozema, based in Toronto, is repped by CAA and lawyered by Adam Kaller at Behr Abramson.

“Mansfield Park,” starring Frances O’Connor, Jonny Lee Miller and Alessandro Nivola, will be released in New York and L.A. on Nov. 17, and in top 20 markets Nov. 24.

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