We already know about Peter Jackson and his highly successful films such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and King Kong. However, let us talk about another showbiz personality, shall we? Here we have Harvey Weinstein, a rather famous British producer who has produced quite a few films in his time like the infamous Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds and the co founder of the Weinstein Company along with his brother Bob. Lately however, it seems that the company has fallen under fire from the movie titan Warner Bros. which, according to Harvey Weinstein, is directly related to the company’s latest project, The Hobbit, which we are now all too familiar with.
Anyway, the Weinstein Company was never really a big business like its current adversary. It was established sometime in 2005 by Harvey and Bob both of whom previously made films for the Disney owned Miramax Films. After establishing their own company, the Weinstein brothers have gradually made their way through the years to make films of their own and become successes in their own right. They even went on to partner with Peter Jackson and Wingnut films when Lord of the Rings was released on the big screen in 2001-2003. However, now it seems that the Weinstein Company has ran afoul with Warner Bros. over the film The Butler which is set for 2013.
The Butler, a film that has the unfortunate name of sharing the same name with a number of other films has enabled Warner Bros. to put the film on hold. Harvey Weinstein has gone out of his way to say how unfair this is as there have been many other films out there that have similar names. A good example of this would of course be “Heat” which is found in almost every niche of film, usually of action although there are even adult films with this kind of title. Regardless, it seems to be coming down hard on The Butler and Weinstein Company unless it relinquishes its rights on The Hobbit films.
For those who are curious, The Butler is actually a film regarding the lives of African-American butlers in the White House. The film will feature Forest Whitaker in the role of Cecil Gaines, a kind of tribute to Eugene Allen, who is well known for leading a successful career for 34 years.