Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s new company, The Weinstein Company, as it is known, has snapped up North American rights to a $40 million movie project called Stormbreaker, based on the fictional hero of Anthony Horowitz’s series of novels about 14-year-old superspy Alex Rider.
The Weinsteins are also expected to wear their Miramax hats while at Cannes, having agreed to continue producing films in conjunction with Disney after they leave Miramax in September. The split ended a fiery relationship between the brothers and Disney’s outgoing Chief Executive Michael Eisner, which burst into public many times, notably last year when the entertainment conglomerate refused to release Michael Moore’s anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
It is expected that while in Cannes, the Weinsteins will attend a 20-minute screening of director Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm, a Miramax Dimension film set to open in the United States in July.
Miramax’s Sin City, starring Bruce Willis and Clive Owen, is in the main competition at Cannes this year.
“We’re excited about juggling Miramax and the Weinstein Company projects,” they were quoted as saying in the film industry publication Hollywood Reporter. “There are over 25 joint projects with Disney.”