- Associated Press - Thursday, December 16, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It turns out the Weinstein brothers haven’t lost touch with the Miramax movie studio despite not being able to buy it.

Miramax and The Weinstein Co. said Thursday they would team up to create sequels to half a dozen movies and are examining the potential to create sequels or TV shows to seven more.

The announcement comes after Harvey and Bob Weinstein lost a bid to buy the movie studio they founded in 1979 back from The Walt Disney Co. It went to a group of investors led by Colony Capital earlier this month for $663 million.

Already in the works in the partnership are “Scream 4,” “Spy Kids 4” and “Scary Movie 5.” Thursday’s announcement adds plans to make sequels to “Bad Santa,” “Rounders,” and “Shakespeare in Love.”

Among the other movies that could be extended into franchises are “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance,” and “The Amityville Horror.”

The Weinsteins said in a statement they felt “very close” to the films and were in the best position to make the sequels.

Mike Lang, a former Fox executive who became CEO of Miramax last week, said in a statement the agreement will allow Miramax to add to its 700-movie library “without committing near-term capital.”

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