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Miramax enters ‘Diary,’ ‘Mandolin’ deal

Mini-major to split distrib duties with U, Canal Plus

Continuing its co-financing binge, Miramax Films has joined forces with Universal Pictures and Canal Plus in financing Working Title’s “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.”

On “Bridget,” Miramax will handle domestic, while Universal and Canal Plus are handling international. The films’ costs will be split three ways, too.

On “Mandolin,” U is handling domestic while Miramax will distribute in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Canal Plus will handle France and U will take the rest of the world.

This is the first time Miramax is collaborating with Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”).

Miramax and Universal collaborated on the co-production of Oscar winner “Shakespeare in Love” and are working together on such future projects as “In the Cut,” “Cinderella Man” and the film adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s play “The Real Thing.”

“Mandolin” will star Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz and be directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in the Love”). Production begins in May or June.

“Bridget,” an adaptation of the Helen Fielding bestseller about a single woman in her 30s, will star Renee Zellweger. Pic will be helmed by Sharon Maguire from a script penned by “Notting Hill” scribe Richard Curtis, Fielding and Andrew Davies. Production begins in May.

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