How do you like them apples? Today, the big news in the entertainment world has Harvey and Bob Weinstein joining forces with Miramax, the production banner they created in 1979, and left behind in 2005 to start The Weinstein Company. Now the two have struck a new 20-year deal that includes multi-title films, TV series and live stage co-productions along with a co-distribution agreement involving library-derived and original development projects based on some of the most iconic titles in the Miramax library.
Whew, that’s a lot to process, but Deadline has word of a couple specific projects that will be part of the new endeavor right away. Reaching back into the late 90s history of Miramax, the two production companies will adapt Good Will Hunting and Flirting with Disaster for the small screen.
Flirting with Disaster from 1996 follows Ben Stiller who goes on a quest to find his biological parents with his wife and an adoption counselor in tow. It’s a cross-country search that spins wildly out of control wen they meet up with his free-spirited birth parents.
Good Will Hunting is the 1997 film written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. In the film, Damon plays Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, who has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life instead of wasting his gifted mind and wasting away with his blue collar buddies. Hunting’s friends were played Affleck, his brother Casey Affleck and Cole Hauser. Minnie Driver played Hunting’s lover interest while Stellan Skarsgard played an MIT professor trying to come to terms with Hunting’s genius as he seems disinterested in using his potential.
We’re not sure how Good Will Hunting could be expanded to a TV series unless it was just a limited series. It could always follow more time with Hunting and his friends before getting caught up with MIT, but that’s just speculation. Otherwise, the characters and story of Flirting with Disaster could easily serve as the beginning of a comedy series.
As of now, there’s no indication of how the Weinsteins and Miramax intend to adapt these standalone films to a TV series, but they both contain a variety of colorful characters that would allow for a decent ensemble cast. We’ll just have to see what kind of series these movies can turn into when these projects really get under way in early to mid 2014.
Also, if you want to know about some projects on the film side of this Miramax and Weinstein reunion (like sequels for Rounders and Shakespeare in Love) head over here for more details.
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