RIP Miramax Studios
After 31 years of distribution Miramax Studios is due to close its New York City and Los Angeles offices today.
The studio was created in 1979 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein to release independent films which were deemed unsuitable for major studios. It was behind some of the most important films in cinema: every Tarantino film including Pulp Fiction as well as other Oscar winners such as Shakespeare In Love and The English Patient. It was bought by Disney in 1993, which eventually caused friction between the Weinsteins and Disney CEO Michael Eisner causing them to leave and form the Weinstein Company in 2005.
The Wrap spoke to Harvey Weiinstein who said, “I’m feeling very nostalgic right now. I know the movies made on my and my brother Bob’s watch will live on as well as the fantastic films made under the direction of Daniel Battsek. Miramax has some brilliant people working within the organization and I know they will go on to do great things in the industry.”
Daniel Battsek announced his resignation from Miramax at the end of October last year after making some excellent lower budget films like The Queen and The Diving Bell And The Butterfly as well as Academy Award winning There Will Be Blood.
80 people are expected to lose their jobs when Miramax closes and the six films it has still awaiting distribution – including Keira Knightley’s Last Night, and Helen Mirren’s The Debt – will either be put on the shelf or given a limited release.
What’s your favourite Miramax film? There’s a massive list to choose from.