Weinsteins book tome, pic plans

Hachette pages TWC's books

The Weinstein Co. has found a home for its book imprint and inked a spate of film deals to solidify its slate for next year.

TWC is signing a deal to bring its book imprint to Hachette Book Group’s Little, Brown and Warner Books labels through 2009.

Deal will see the Weinsteins outputting 15 books annually through the Hachette family.

Rob Weisbach, Miramax Books’ prexy and chief executive officer, will head the new venture, which Harvey Weinstein said may have ties to Ovation, the arts and culture cabler in which TWC recently took a stake along with Hubbard Media Group.

Under the exit agreement Bob and Harvey Weinstein inked with Disney a year ago, Miramax Books continued to publish through the Mouse House’s Hyperion and Hyperion Books for Children labels until the end of last month. Weisbach was reporting to the Weinsteins directly.

Miramax Books projects have included memoirs by Barbara Walters and Rudolph Giuliani, Malika Oufkir’s “Freedom,” Eoin Colfer’s “Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception,” Adam Gopnik’s “The King in the Window” and Charlie Higson’s “Silverfin.”

On its film side, TWC’s international arm, under Glen Basner, has signed a pact for UIP to roll out as many as eight pics per year in the U.K., with remaining films being handled by Momentum.

Banner, which released “School for Scoundrels” over the weekend via MGM, is in talks with Lasse Hallstrom to helm “Rain in Spain,” a potential starring vehicle for Penelope Cruz.

It also is bringing on board Danny Boyle to helm the Robert Nelson Jacobs-penned “Solomon Grundy,” based on the Dan Gooch novel.

Other upcoming pics set to go before the cameras for TWC include “Untitled Rob Marshall Musical,” which begins shooting this spring, and the Denzel Washington-helmed “Great Debaters,” which heads into production in February.

“Debaters” is based on the true story of a professor at historically black Wiley College in East Texas.

Anthony Minghella’s “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” will shoot in South Africa next spring.

TWC also has hired Rob Zombie to direct a remake of John Carpenter’s “Halloween.”

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