HOLLYWOOD -- Peter Abrams, the producer of Underclassman, says his movie was caught in the "Weinstein-Disney buzz saw." He's hardly alone.
Over the next three months, Miramax Films, founded and operated by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, will release at least 10 movies, including seven films that have been gathering dust on the studio's shelves for up to four years. The backlog is so profound that the directors of three of those films have started, filmed and almost completed new movies with other studios in the time it has taken Disney-owned Miramax to bring their earlier films to theaters.
"To have it be sitting there just kills you," Abrams says of Underclassman, a drama about an undercover police officer played by Drumline's Nick Cannon.
The release of several of the Miramax movies was held up partially by the very public divorce of the Weinsteins and Disney, which bought the studio in 1993. With the Weinsteins set to leave Disney and Miramax on Sept. 30, the brothers say they are determined before their exit to supervise the debuts of movies they produced and purchased.