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‘Others’ brothers synergize to ‘Max

Un-Dimension-like pic achieves thrills with atmosphere, subtlety

NEW YORK — For seven years, the division of labor between Miramax Films and Dimension Films has been clear-cut: Harvey Weinstein has managed the former (which is known for its arthouse fare) while Bob has run the latter (which turns out popcorn pics such as “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Scream” and “Scary Movie”).

But a little bit of brotherly love resulted in the two sides linking for “The Others.”

Over a Diet Coke and a double espresso at Manhattan’s Tribeca Grill, Bob Weinstein says the Miramax acquisition team acquired the “Others” script for him because, well, he always likes to add dimensions to Dimension. Despite success with high-pitched young-adult thrillers, Bob long ago recognized there’s a space in the marketplace for subtler, adult horror.

“It took me six years to find a script like this,” he says.

Bob W. brought in producers Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, while Spanish producer Fernando Bovaira oversaw day-to-day production.

The pic, starring Nicole Kidman and written-directed by Spanish helmer Alejandro Amenabar, achieves thrills and screams with atmosphere and subtlety; there isn’t a CGI effect in the pic. (Indeed, some onlookers have said the film looks more Miramax than Dimension.)

Similarly, Dimension will shepherd an adaptation of Hitchcock’s “Suspicion,” with Philip Kaufman to direct and Brit playwright John Guare to adapt.

But Weinstein insists Dimension isn’t changing its direction, but rather finding its stride.

He says this has been his division’s most consistently successful year, with its three releases thus far all B.O. hits: “Spy Kids,” “Scary Movie 2” and “The Others,” which cost only $17 million to make and is on track for a $60 million domestic cume.

On rare occasions in the past, the brothers have created cross-pollination between Miramax and Dimension. The divisions shared pics directed by or starring Kevin Smith, whose latest creation, Dimension’s “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” unspooled on 2,765 screens on Aug. 24.

But the siblings worked closely together on “The Others.”

Bob glows when he says Harvey “wound up the publicity,” orchestrating a Hollywood preem that, thanks to Tom and Nicole’s presence, was the most talked-about preem of the summer.

Asked how Dimension might organize its first Oscar campaign, Bob smiles. “I know a guy who can handle it!”

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