NEW YORK — While Hollywood ponders the hangups in extricating the brothers Weinstein from their deal at Disney, the information vacuum has stirred much speculation and unnerved a lot of execs.
A number of key Miramax staffers have jumped ship. Wall Street was abuzz that Harvey and Bob were set to make a major announcement. And the Mouse House says it still hasn’t found someone to head Miramax when they do leave.
But as far as the Weinsteins’ vaunted talent relationships go, it looks like at least one key filmmaker in the Miramax fold will be sailing with them.
Quentin Tarantino will apparently steer his next project — Katrina Holden Bronson‘s “Daltry Calhoun,” which the auteur is exec producing — to the Weinsteins’ new shingle when they’ve set up shop.
As talks between the Weinsteins and the Mouse House have dragged on, rumors that the deal will close “tomorrow” have raged for months. So far, though, “tomorrow” hasn’t come.
So what exactly is holding things up? The proceedings, it seems, are being hung up not by filibustering but by complexity.
The Weinsteins’ pact involves a multiplicity of pacts, representing nine or 10 deals rolled into one.
After Dick Cook took over the talks for Disney, general terms of the Weinsteins’ divorce from the Mouse House were hammered out amicably.
But points involving possible co-financing of films, the dissolution of the Weinsteins’ contract and who will run the arm when the Weinsteins leave are stickier.
Another point of speculation has been over who will follow the brothers to their new company. Miramax brass emphasize that since official offers cannot be made until the Disney exit deal closes, it’s near impossible to figure out who will go along for the ride.
As an ice storm gripped Gotham on March 8, Harvey Weinstein — slimmed down, in a leather jacket — was seen socializing into the night at Planet Hollywood with Bruce Willis for the mini-major’s new release, “Hostage.” The next day, the honcho boarded a plane for L.A. and another likely round of talks with Disney.
The deal was once again on the verge of being signed “tomorrow” — which came and went without any announcement.