EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein, director? The Weinstein Company co-chairman indeed directed this video, as the concert pianist Lang Lang performed the music from Ennio Morricone’s Oscar-nominated music for The Hateful Eight. Weinstein directed footage of Lang Lang at the Rosewood Hotel in Beijing as both were there for the Chinese premiere of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. The video is interspersed with clips from the film, which were directed by some other guy (oh, yeah, Quentin Tarantino).
Weinstein, who with his brother Bob co-directed the 1988 film Playing For Keeps, intends to spend more time behind the camera. He confirms he is in discussions to direct a feature documentary on a Hollywood legend, though he’s keeping the identity quiet for the moment. He hopes this carries him toward directing his dream project, an adaptation of the Leon Uris novel Mila 18, about the uprising of impossibly overmatched Jewish resistance fighters against the Nazis in Warsaw, Poland — a defiant stand that helped lead to the establishment of Israel. Weinstein confirmed he still is determined to direct that film and hopes these smaller steps will lead him there. He’s got a script waiting from Hossein Amini and long ago asked Martin Scorsese to produce it. “I thought it important to have a writer of Arabic descent, and Hoss is a terrific writer we worked with on Wings Of The Dove. And Marty also said yes, but he added that he looked forward to getting hold of my three-hour cut, and turning it into a 10-minute short film,” Weinstein told Deadline. As for indulging his directorial aspirations while running a film studio, Weinstein said, “I want to do all this, but I don’t think David Fincher has anything to worry about.”