Television is becoming a big focus for Hollywood, with hits like Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, as well as major plans from Marvel and DC to bring heroes to the small screen, other companies are taking notice. Of course like all things Hollywood, once they boil an idea down to nothing but a formula it begins to suffer. Will the Weinstein Company be able to break the mold as they target television for investors?
The way to add stability to the company is to be in the television business. - Harvey Weinstein
The Weinstein Company is hoping to create a television division as powerful as their theatrical division. With a whole slate of shows in development, one project stood out to our geeky eyes: Sin City.
They hope to follow the upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, with new series brought to you by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Though the two men were responsible for directing the first Sin City and A Dame to Kill For, how heavy will their involvement be with a tv show? Will they be tagged simply as series creators as the show is pushed through various directors each season or will they stay on more in a capacity similar to Robert Kirkman on The Walking Dead? With the show, they will have to move onto more original stories and not straight adaptations, so keeping Miller as close as possible may be a benefit woth paying for.
Television does offer the benefit of pushing the R rating as well. Marvel has said in the past that television would be a better home for characters like The Punisher, allowing them more freedom to bring the gritty story to an audience without having to worry about a movie rating. It could do the same for the Weinsteins, assuming they find the right network of course. If they choose to tone it down, hoping to find a bigger group of buyers, they could risk watering down their product and losing its built in audience.