Miramax breaks the ‘Ice’

Nabs film, TV rights

Miramax Films has closed a deal for the film and television rights to Gay and Laney Salisbury’s nonfiction novel “Ice Bound” for producer Richard Gladstein to produce via his FilmColony shingle.

Gladstein, who recently produced “The Cider House Rules” for Miramax, has a first-look deal with the minimajor.

Project will be overseen by Jennifer Wachtell, director of development at Miramax.

Dogsled story

In March, Norton paid $550,000 for “Ice Bound,” outbidding a host of other suitors (Daily Variety, March 31). Story is a recounting of a 674-mile dogsled journey in 1925, in which 20 Eskimos rushed a diphtheria antidote to Nome during the worst January on record.

The Salisburys are repped by Gotham-based agent Susan Rabiner and film co-agent Bob Bookman at CAA. Michael Luisi, senior veep of business affairs, negotiated the deal on Miramax’s behalf.

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