EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Very Disappointed; May Re-Release 'Grindhouse' As 2 Pics

EXCLUSIVE (keep refreshing for latest): Harvey Weinstein told me this morning that he’s “incredibly disappointed” with the half-than-expected $12 mil box office for Grindhouse released on Easter Weekend (a controversial move itself). So much so, that he’s considering abandoning the double feature as a single feature concept and re-releasing the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez movie around the U.S. “in a couple of weeks” as two separate feature-length movies with additional footage put in. That’s what Harvey says The Weinstein Co. is already intending to do with the film’s release in Europe: split it into two separate pics, Tarantino’s Death Proof and  Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. “Quentin’s movie goes out first in competition at Cannes. He’ll do an extensive 4 to 5 month tour. And the trailer will be all Quentin’s,” Weinstein told me about his European plans. “Then we’ll release Robert’s a couple of months later. By splitting it up, we’re going to do a hell of a lot better internationally than we did here.” Weinstein noted that, even in Grindhouse‘s video deal as well as its TV deal with Starz Entertainment Group, it’s been sold as two separate movies. “Our deal with Encore is that they can play it any way they want.” So this is why The Weinstein Co. is now deciding to suck it up and do in this country what it probably should have done all along. “First of all, I’m incredibly disappointed. We tried to do something new and obviously we didn’t do it that well,” Harvey told me today. “It’s just a question of how is it going to hang in there. But we could split the movies in a couple of weeks. Make Tarantino’s a full-length film, and Rodriguez’s too. We’ll be adding those ‘two missing reels’ that’s talked about in the movie.” (At one point in Grindhouse, a sex scene is interrupted because of “two missing reels” — one of the many conceits and indulgences.) (more…)

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