FISHBOWLLA EXCLUSIVE: The new Weinstein Company has yet to release a film, and already, it’s making pals.
In fact, the director of it’s first non-Mouse-owned Weinstein venture “Derailed” is caught in Harvey’s tangled web.
Over at the under-new-management Paramount, execs were eager to make a deal with “Derailed’s” director, Mikael Hafstrom. So much so, they’ve put him to work on Paramount’s Marvel Comics’ title, “Deathlok” as a priority development deal.
(What? You say you honestly don’t know who or what a Deathlok is? And you claim to live in Los Angeles? For shame!)
All was going well, except for one problem: Harvey’s got an option on Hafstrom, and insiders say he’s not letting go so easily of his new Swede.
What will happen? Most likely, it hinges partly on how “Derailed” does at the box office, partly on just how willing Paramount is to cut in the Weinstein Company on half of a new Marvel Comics movie just months after Paramount made an overall deal with Marvel.
Will Harvey play Svengali to a Swede? Will Par be hamstrung over Hafstrom? Or will Brad Grey grow some Swedish meatballs?