The Weinstein Co. has renewed its exclusive first-look deal with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella's Mirage banner for another three years.
The new deal also includes English-language remake rights to Oscar-winning drama, The Lives of Others. Variety reports the German take on the East Berlin secret police bowled over critics and notched a semi-surprise win Sunday in the foreign-language race. Three weeks into its limited run, the Sony Classics release has grossed $1.3 million.
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 prepping the romance for a late-summer shoot.
Other film projects include I Don't Know How She Does It, a comedy from Aline Brosh McKenna and David Frankel; The Amulet of Samarkand, based on the first novel in Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy; and the Minghella written and directed, 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.