Today’s announcement that Miramax and Weinstein Company getting back together brought on a slew of announcements that classic movies would either be getting sequels or television series based off of them. The announcements come as Miramax and Weinstein Company are looking to generate new content and get in on the television game like other film studios are starting to do.
One of Miramax’s most well known films is Quentin Tarantino’s classic Pulp Fiction and the partnership announced today has a lot of people wondering what films will be violated by the remake, reboot and TV adaptation plans that Miramax has for their past catalog.
Tom Barrak Jr, who has held the Miramax catalog and is partnering with the Weinstein’s in the new deal that brings the brothers back to their original company, spoke about films that won’t be touched and Pulp Fiction was one that he mentioned as hands off.
“Sure, we own the intellectual property in the library, and most of the intellectual properties in development, but we didn’t have the art form. If I called Quentin Tarantino and said, I have a great idea how to do a Pulp Fiction TV series, chances are it would be a very short conversation,” Barrack told me. “The ability to take all these threads and sew them into a tapestry, is really the magic elixir. We’ve all decided it’s time for a quantum leap and that’s why we’re all together.”
That’s Barrack basically saying that even if a Pulp Fiction television series was proposed, it would be quickly shot down not by anyone involved with the new partnership, but Quentin Tarantino himself. Despite the fact that there’s plenty to the world Tarantino created in his 1994 classic, he’s probably the last filmmaker working today not looking to squeeze his movies for all their worth.
So while Good Will Hunting, Rounders and other Miramax films are getting sequels or adaptations, don’t expect Pulp Fiction to become anything other than a movie.