This isn’t a bitch and whine session. I don’t think they’re evil. I don’t think they’re brilliant. I just don’t understand them.
Moriarty just posted an ‘Open letter to
The Weinsteins however are in a funny place. It’s been over a year since I read in an interview that movies were the only area that they weren’t making money in. And recently there’s been a bunch of bad news.
Grace is Gone. My dad made more money than this movie last year. And he did it without John Cusack’s help. (How many more dud movies is Cusack likely to have before he hits another 1408? Dude’s got bad luck.)
Death Defying Acts. I’ve made more money than this film in the last few months. Then again it was only showing on two screens.
All the Boys Love Many Lane. Hasn’t been released. This fact was highlighted many a time during Levine’s press tour for his new film. After The Strangers did well and after their own success with Halloween, why the hesitation with an R horror film? Is the issue still the rating? If not, is it because it’s a bad movie? If so, then why did they buy it in the first place?
Then there’s the negative buzz surrounding their ‘treatment’ of Asian titles. The process of buying films to never show them, or cut/rescore them just doesn’t seem like the kind of decisions made by….people who like movies.
What I’m getting at is there are the people who will fuck with your project and get it into theatres and seen by the masses (Hancock). Then there are the people who will fuck with it and never get it seen. The Weinsteins are the fuck up in this scenario. And maybe not just from a business standpoint anymore.
Jonathan Levine was approached by the Weinsteins with an offer to buy The Wackness. The same people who bought and stuck his last film in a closet, now had the balls to approach him again. Levine chose not to tempt fate and went with Sony. And why wouldn’t he? As a low key (for now) director, why the fuck would anyone ever do business with the two people who are keeping his baby from seeing the light of day?
I’m going to take a gander at what might be the biggest problem
in the future for the Brothers…people won’t want to work with them. Unlike the
instances when Sony or Fox or
If the Weinsteins keep buying irresponsibly, getting cold feet, recutting films, shelving films, dumping films, who will be there to trust them? Not the ‘artists’ (WANK ALERT) of the cinematic world. What incentive do they have, when these two once great brothers are now forging a reputation for making rash purchases and low-key dump releases? Jonathan Levine knows that. Maybe others will follow.
And as for Fanboys…
…I’m not really sure what was won, if anything, when I have a bad feeling that it’ll be another addition to the dump pile.]]>