Weinsteins Renew Pollack and Minghella Deal


The Weinstein Company has renewed its exclusive first-look deal with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella’s Mirage production company for another three years, reports Variety.

The new deal also includes English-language remake rights to Oscar-winning film The Lives of Others.

In addition to “Others,” Mirage has set up several projects under the deal. Of those, The Reader appears closest to being made. Director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter David Hare are preparing the romance for a late-summer shoot.

Other film projects include I Don’t Know How She Does It, a comedy from The Devil Wears Prada screenwriting-directing combo Aline Brosh McKenna and David Frankel; The Amulet of Samarkand, based on the first novel in Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy; and the Minghella-scripted and -helmed The Ninth Life of Louis Drax.

Minghella is also attached to direct the pilot for TV series “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” which he co-scripted with Richard Curtis. The show is likely headed for cable, but no deal has been set.