The Weinstein Company to Produce Sequels to Miramax Films Including Rounders, Clerks and Bad Santa

Well this is… odd. According to a press release that was sent out earlier this morning, The Weinstein Company and Miramax Films are launching a new partnership that will allow them to create sequels to a whole slew of popular films from the Miramax catalog. The first movies that are currently slated to get sequels include Bad Santa, Rounders and Shakespeare in Love, while the following titles may also get sequels and/or television spin-offs: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Copland, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror. We had heard rumours about sequels to a few of these films already, but this deal is sounding dangerously similar to Warner Premiere, the direct-to-video arm of Warner Home Video that has churned out stuff like Lost Boys: The Tribe. There’s no mention of them actually being DTV releases, but I’d say there’s a pretty good chance that some of these will end up being shameless cash grabs either way.

Harvey and Bob Weinstein created Miramax back in the late ’70s and ran the studio until they left it in 2005. Earlier this year, Disney closed down Miramax and put it up for sale, and for a while it was rumoured that The Weinsteins were going to buy it back, but in the end it was sold to a company called Filmyard Holdings instead. Clearly The Weinsteins are close to some of these movies, and you’d think that they would treat them with a certain amount of respect. But they are also businessmen, and The Weinstein Company has been in need of some commercial hits for a while now.

New Bad Santa and Rounders movies have been talked about previously, and if done right, I think they could be somewhat promising. From Dusk Till Dawn has also had a couple of DTV sequels already, so no real harm there. But I think the most surprising thing is the mention of Swingers and Clerks on that list. It’s unclear if these would be movie sequels or TV adaptations, and also whether or not Jon Favreau and Kevin Smith would be involved. I suspect that they will not, but for now, all we can do is wait and see. What do you think, is this good news, and do you actually want to see any of the aforementioned sequels?

  • rjdelight

    I would love to see a proper sequel to From Dusk Till Dawn. i.e a theatrical release with the participation of Tarantino, Rodriguez and Clooney.

  • Dave

    Is anything being done anymore that isn’t just a quick cash-in? A Clerks 3 possibly without Kevin Smith? Seriously?

  • Juan Carlos

    Clerks 3 without Kevin Smith is not happening. MARK MY WORDS

  • Apparently Kevin Smith responded and said they do own the rights to Clerks, but not to Jay and Silent Bob. So they could technically do a Clerks sequel without him, it just wouldn’t involve those characters.

  • Henrik

    Kevin Smith had a perfect response on twitter (he’s good at PR shit). Clerks 3 as something completely Smith-unrelated is hard to imagine though… Maybe they’ll do like a Clerks: Chronicles thing to cash in on the “people-talk-about-star-wars” fad thats been booming ever since the original.

  • Ray

    A Clerks sequel without Kevin Smith would probably be a good thing!

    Why touch Swingers?

  • Possum Hunter

    Kevin Smith comments on Twitter –

    A fan asks – “what’s the story about Miramax sequel to Clerks, do they own rights?”

    KS: Of course. I sold the movie to them in 1994. But I guess if someone was going to exploit the library for sequels, remakes, tv, I’d rather it be the devil I know. Nice to know there’s a home for Clerks III if I ever wanted to make it, but hope it doesn’t become a home for a Clerks-anything if I’m not involved. Either way, I doubt my shit is even something they wanna re-do/remake. They own Clerks, Chasing Amy, Jersey Girl and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. But then it’s further complicated by the Jay & Silent Bob of it all. They don’t own Jay & Silent Bob; I do. They own Strike Back, but they can’t make any flick that’d include Jay & Silent Bob (even a Strike Back sequel) without my permission/license. The only flick they own free & clear of me with no ties whatsoever, is Jersey Girl. And from personal experience, there’s little to no interest in a sequel or remake, unless it opens with JLo’s dead Mom busting out of her earthen grave, trampling her only begotten daughter’s copy of a Necronomicon as she eats her brains. If they wanna do THAT Jersey Girl sequel, I’m totally in. But honestly, all those flicks are theirs to do with as they will. I can’t (and won’t) complain. At least the Guardians of Ga’Harvey are still in place, looking out for the dopey little (f)art flicks I made so long ago.

  • PlanBFromOuterSpace

    “Clerks 3″ will be the first Smith film after his next financially unsuccessful stab at a new genre (“Red State”). Mark my words!