Harvey and Bob Weinstein aren’t letting the recent demise of Miramax get them down, their current label The Weinstein Company, has just picked up the indie film, Blue Valentine. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. It’s just one of two projects the studio has purchased including the documentary, The Tillman Story.
Blue Valentine was sold for an estimated one million dollars, thanks to the impressive performances given by its stars. Some critics are saying that Williams has dished out another great acting piece to follow up her role in 2005′s Brokeback Mountain. The film was written and directed by Derek Cianfrance, and is a relationship drama that centers on the disintegration of a marriage.
Another drama heavy film on the Weinstein’s acquisition list is The Tillman Story, a documentary focusing on the short life of former NFL star and soldier, Pat Tillman. His life ended when he went overseas to fight in the Iraq war, and unfortunately lost his life. The film was directed by Amir Bar-Lev and written by Mark Monroe, who also did The Cove.
In a financial sense, this past year hasn’t been the best for The Weinstein Company, with the exception of Inglourious Basterds several of their recent releases haven’t done well at the box office. Some think these two purchases are a way to show others in the industry that the company hasn’t been phased by these recent events.
Are you interested in seeing either of these films in wide release?