Weinstein gets going with ‘Grimm’

Harvey pushing 'Brothers,' 'Killshot' at Cannes

A correction was made to this article on May 14, 2005.

Harvey Weinstein hit the ground running here Tuesday, hatching a plan to unveil 20 minutes of footage on Friday from helmer Terry Gilliam’s big-screen fable, “The Brothers Grimm.”

To push the pic, Gilliam will wing to the Riviera to show off footage that he personally assembled with Weinstein’s input. The pair was said to be flying high on the idea of finally offering a sneak peak at the long-gestating, roughly $80 million budgeted pic, which had been on the Dimension slate and will now be distribbed by WeinsteinCo. Disney also has a piece of the action on the pic, which stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as con men who encounter a fairy tale curse.

Also on hand will be “Grimm” producer Chuck Roven and co-star Monica Bellucci.

Move was just one of a few tricks Weinstein had up his sleeve Tuesday, deciding to rush out some news upon his arrival in Cannes. Another development came with Viggo Mortensen, Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke and Justin Timberlake’s being rumored as the main cast for John Madden’s big-screen adaptation of scribe Elmore Leonard’s “Killshot.”

Thriller follows a woman and her blue-collar husband who become targets for killers after stumbling upon an extortion plot hatched by the baddies.

Pic is also a WeinsteinCo. roll out in which Disney has a stake. It will be released under the branded Quentin Tarantino Presents label, and produced by Lawrence Bender and Richard Gladstein.

Joining Weinstein in town was a team of acquisitions execs — including Miramax staffers Agnes Mentre, Michelle Krumm and Maeva Gatineau — that is scouring for the new shingle only.

Bob Weinstein arrives later in the week. His Dimension is having its first competish film here when “Sin City” makes its debut on May 18.

WeinsteinCo. also has its first film ever screening in a fest. Horror thriller “Wolf Creek” will play in the Directors Fortnight section.

Also on the WeinsteinCo. slate down at the marche will be “Creek,” Jim Sonzero’s “Pulse,” the “Project Greenlight” pic “Feast” and Kevin Smith’s “The Passion of the Clerks.”

The Miramax label is selling the Mia Maestro-starrer “Secuestro Express,” from “Sin City” producer Elizabeth Avellan, as well as the Robert Rodriguez-penned “Curandero.” Maestro will be in Cannes to support her pic.

“We’re excited about juggling Miramax and WeinsteinCo. projects,” said Harvey Weinstein of his multipronged Cannes plan this year. “There are over 25 joint projects with Disney.”

Miramax also said here that it will have its annual distribs luncheon May 17, where it usually parades a cavalcade of stars for its international partners.

Segueing over to complete Disney control in Sept., Miramax also has its own team of acquisitions execs on the ground here, sources said. They are led by Buena Vista Int’l exec Daniel Battsek, who is assumed to be taking the reins at the mini-major.