Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Vincent D'Onofrio Fills Weinstein's Shoes

by Eric Lavallee on Dec 15, 2009
Source: Screen Daily

In a period where the studio-based portion independent film industry are on suicide watch, it'll be fun to relive a time when Harvey Weinstein and everyone competing against him could do no wrong. Ever since we got word that there was a screenplay based on Peter Biskind's incendiary book was making the rounds (Jeffrey Wells) and there was activity on the production that a crew were in Cannes filming, but now we got word that Down and Dirty Pictures (a 10 million dollar production) has got a great cast in place (Hugh Dancy, Matthew Perry, Andy Serkis, Sally Hawkins, Elias Koteas, Bobby Cannavale, Toby Jones and Michael Rispoli) with Scren Daily reporting that Vincent D'Onofrio is poised to take on the "role" of Weinstein.

Written by Joshua James and Dean Craig, this is based on Peter Biskind's non-fiction book Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film. This is about the mavericks who helped to create, mold, and later reinvent the modern day independent film industry. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast and cameos from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, this riveting story charts the rise of the Sundance Film Festival, how Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Pulp Fiction got made and the intense rivalry between Harvey Weinstein's Miramax and Bingham Ray's October Films as the two companies slug it out for pre-eminence in the world of early 90's indie filmmaking.

Ken Bowser, the director of the doc film Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, is directing.

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Written by S.T. VanAirsdale | 16 Dec 2009

Hollywood Ink: Vincent D'Onofrio May Play Harvey Weinstein. Seriously.

· As we rocket toward the end of the ’00s, time is running out to determine the greatest casting rumors of the decade. Thankfully we have the producers of Down and Dirty, the long-planned adaptation of Peter Biskind’s celebrated indie-film tome Down and Dirty Pictures, to wallop the competition with word that Vincent D’Onofrio is in talks to play the book’s mad, evil genius Harvey Weinstein. Ever the Method actor, D’Onofrio will immediately commence touting his performance for Oscar consideration.

Insidemovies.com/Moviefone 12.16.09

Vincent D'Onofrio to Play Harvey Weinstein in 'Down and Dirty'

Vincent D'Onofrio played Orson Welles in Tim Burton's 'Ed Wood,' and now he's preparing to portray another one-of-a-kind Hollywood mogul.

Screen Daily reports that D'Onofrio will take on the role of Miramax Films co-founder Harvey Weinstein in 'Down and Dirty,' an adaptation of Peter Biskind's nonfiction bestseller, 'Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film.' The film will be produced by Yamani Pictures, which also has director Bill Condon's Richard Pryor biopic 'Is It Something I Said' (starring Eddie Murphy) on its upcoming production slate.

Biskind's 'Down and Dirty Pictures' is another of the author's no-holds-barred examinations of Hollywood, concentrating on the independent film movement of the '90s, of which Miramax was a major player. Biskind is also the author of 'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls,' which chronicled the entertainment industry from the late '60s through the '70s.

We think Vincent D'Onofrio's intensity, eccentricity and larger-than-life physicality make him the perfect choice to play Harvey Weinstein. What remains to be seen is if the film adaptation of 'Down and Dirty' is able (or willing) to capture the book's alternately oddly affectionate and unapologetically scathing portrait of the Miramax man.

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Judy said...

This should be a great part for Vincent. A review of the book from Publisher's Weekly describes Weinstein this way: "The intimidating image of Miramax's Harvey Weinstein plows powerfully through the saga; the studio honcho emerges as a combination of blinding charm and raging excess, a boisterous bully who tears phones out of walls and overturns tables." Vincent can totally pull that off. Of course, he'll have to go on an uglification makeover to look like Weinstein.

patinjersey said...

I can't wait to see what Vincent does with this role! I guess that things really do happen for a reason. No looking back now - onward and upward.

val said...

We all heard about this ages ago, yet it sounds all new and unannounced. If this just means that it's now official, but wasn't before, I am thrilled. I hope he does it looking like himself and not Weinstein, though. We all know how he loves to change his appearance for a role.

Anonymous said...

If Vincent D'Onofrio EVER 'touts' (i.e. kisses ass) for an Oscar, we'll know the body-snatchers have been 'n' got him!!!

I'm very confused too why all this is suddenly being hailed as if it's 'news' when it was announced months ago that 'Down & Dirty Pictures' was being made, and had Vincent in it. Perhaps the movie media moves in a different 'time zone'to the rest of the universe ;0)

thereel said...

They announced that he was in the cast but we didn't know which role.

And crusty Harvey Weinstein will never look so good.

Magpyi said...

- growling -

vincent would never TOUT an oscar nom or anything else - his career has been a middle finger to hollywood - he does it for the characters and acting -

yack - writers!

wilmingtonfan said...

I think the writer meant that since Vincent is a method actor, being like Harvey Weinstein means that he will be touting for an Oscar -- that's in keeping with HW's egotistical personality (not Vincent's).

janethyland said...

Good contradictions in a character role, the kind of contradictory depth he was bringing to Goren in seasons 4-7 to make that character more interesting.

I cant wait to see this.

Kathy said...

I guess I'd just assumed when the first casting notice came out that Vincent had been cast as Weinstein. As someone once said, in another context, "It's brilliant!"

I look forward to seeing Vincent's portrayal and how the filmmakers transform the book into a linear story.

JennM said...

I think we all assumed he would play Weinstein but all the news about it now is that it's been announced officially.

mauigirl said...

I'm very excited about this project, and really happy it's getting so much publicity. Who knows why all of a sudden whe're getting this info full force, maybe the deal was finalized all around, but whatever, it's great to hear.

Judy - HAHAHAHAHA I was thinking along the same lines when I saw Weinstein's pic.

texasfan said...

Vincent is going to knock their socks off in whatever role he plays. He's a class act and will always be my #1.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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