The Weinstein Company stays hot with two new projects from Tom Hooper and Quentin Tarantino

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
March 1st, 2011

No one was expecting Harvey Weinstein to fade away after THE KING'S SPEECH won Best Picture just this past Sunday, and two new projects by Best Director Tom Hooper and Quentin Tarantino will definitely keep The Weinstein Company on the red carpet in the coming years.

Hooper is reportedly looking to adapt Deborah Moggach's novel Tulip Fever - a story centering around a love affair between a married woman and an artist hired to paint her portrait that decide to gamble on the booming market of tulip bulbs in 17th century Amsterdam. The tulip market crash in 1637 crippled the Dutch economy and, according to Gordon Gekko in WALL STREET 2, it was the biggest bubble in history.

The project has been passed around Hollywood for a decade, and at one time Keira Knightley and Jude Law were in talks to play the doomed couple. Hooper is also thinking about an update of Les Miserables, but it is unclear whether or not Hooper's version will be a musical or not.

Now, on to Tarantino...

Luckily, the script for Quentin's next film came together very quickly and didn't take long to crystallize. Famously, Tarantino has taken years to write such scripts as INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and KILL BILL, but the new Western QT has planned will hopefully be delivered to the Weinsteins within two months. It was reported that the title could be THE ANGEL, THE BAD AND THE WISE, but this was taken from a piss poor translation from an interview with Italian icon Franco Nero, who will most likely star in the new film.

According to Beaks over at AICN, that title is completely bogus, but Christoph Waltz (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) will be starring and the film will definitely be a spaghetti Western. It looks like the blogosphere is jumping the gun on this news a bit, as Tarantino is not even finished writing yet. However, it is rumored that Keith Carradine and Treat Williams might also be in the hunt for roles in the new film.

We'll keep you posted!

Love, Drew

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