A week after Dreamworks made a deal that would finally separate them from Paramount’s power-teat, it looks like another pair of Hollywood studios are going the way of the break up. According to Variety, The Weinstein Co. and MGM have cut short their distribution deal three months earlier than their original three-year contract, which was scheduled to expire on December 31.
The Weinstein’s, brothers Harvey and Bob, will take seven movies back from MGM for distribution through the end of the year, including Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno (October 31), the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (November 14). MGM will still distribute two Dimension Films release, Soul Men (November 7), starring Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac and Forest Whitaker’s sports drama Hurricane Season (December 25).
This entire curfuffel was actually sniffed out by our friends at The Bad and Ugly on Tuesday, when they received an updated poster for Zack and Miri, from which MGM’s logo had been removed. But more important than “who found it” is the question of “what does it mean for these movies?” The answer is simple — it should have absolutely no effect on the release of these titles. It appears that all of the releases will go ahead as scheduled. Though, this is The Weinstein Co. we are talking about, here, so you never know. We’ll keep an eye on it for you, as we know that many of you are excited for a few of these films.