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The New Miramax: Safe as Grandma

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik March 27, 2006 at 2:55AM

The New Miramax: Safe as Grandma
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Perhaps it should come as little surprise that the new Disney-controlled Miramax has a slate that would make your grandmother happy. IndieWIRE's puff piece on new Miramax chief Daniel Battsek today reflects a company whose mission seems bent on safe, middle-of-the-road productions for the whole family. With the exception of their Sundance pickup, Patrick Stettner's The Night Listener, a dark and moody Polanskiesque JT Leroyish thriller, films like The Heart of the Game, The Hoax, Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane and Venus all sound like old-fart material. Maybe the company has to be careful and prude because it's a start-up with a restricted purse. But you'd hope that at some point they'd start to take some more risks. Say what you will about Miramax's former chiefs, but they sure weren't afraid to freak out the old folks.