According to The Hollywood Reporter, Quentin Tarantino, whose Pulp Fiction helped turn Miramax Films into a powerhouse, and Robert Rodriguez, whose Spy Kids movies have been a lucrative franchise for Miramax's genre arm Dimension, are teaming up to make a film for Bob and Harvey Weinstein's new Weinstein Co.
The film is scheduled for a spring 2006 release as part of a rapidly evolving release slate, further details of which the Weinsteins announced Wednesday. Tarantino and Rodriguez will each write and direct a 60-minute horror film, and the two films will be packaged together under the overall title Grind House.
The film, which is planned for a spring 2006 release, also will include its own trailers, bonus materials and added extras from other filmmakers that will be packaged together between the two horror flicks in a tribute to the old, big-city movie houses like those on New York's 42nd Street that earned the moniker grindhouses for programming genre pics back to back. An aficionado of grindhouse, Tarantino sampled grindhouse genres in his recent Kill Bill films. He said Grind House could be the first in a series of films.
In a statement, the Weinsteins said, "We couldn't imagine anything more exciting than a film being made together by the two godfathers of our companies, Quentin and Robert."
Variety reports that the Weinsteins have also skedded the following films for release...
The Weinsteins have skedded these pics:
- Derailed, Oct. 21; suspense tale starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston.
- Wolf Creek, Nov. 18 under the Dimension banner; horror film debut of Greg McLean.
- The Matador, platform release starting Nov. 18; black comedy starring Pierce Brosnan with Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis.
- Transamerica, platform starting Dec. 2; dark comedy starring Felicity Huffman.
- The Promise, platform starting Dec. 16; epic helmed by Chen Kaige and starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Jang Dong-Kun and Cecilia Cheung.
- Mrs. Henderson Presents, platform starting Christmas Day; director Stephen Frears' follow-up to Dirty Pretty Things.
- The Gathering, Jan. 6; thriller starring Christina Ricci. Pic bowed at the 2002 Cannes market.
- Feast, Jan. 20 through Dimension; horror pic produced during the most recent "Project Greenlight" skein.
- Breaking & Entering, early February; drama helmed by Anthony Minghella starring Jude Law.
- Pulse, March 3 through Dimension; Japanese horror remake starring Kristen Bell.
- Killshot, March 17; Elmore Leonard adaptation helmed by John Madden.
- Grind House, spring 2006.
- Sin City 2, summer 2006; continuation of the Frank Miller stories, helmed by Rodriguez.
Five of the films -- Derailed, Scary Movie 4, Matador, Breaking & Entering and Sin City 2 -- are co-productions with Disney. The Weinstein Co. will distrib the titles domestically, while Disney will handle international.
An Unfinished Life, which stars Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez, will bow Sept. 9. "Proof," helmed by Madden and starring Gwyneth Paltrow, will be released Sept. 16. Both pics were once dated for Christmas 2004.
Long-delayed pic The Great Raid, a WWII rescue adventure directed by John Dahl and starring Benjamin Bratt, is being moved up from Dec. 2 to Aug. 12. Shot in 2002, it was originally slated for a fall 2003 bow.