NEW YORK (Variety) - Miramax has extended its production
pact with director Kevin Smith and producer Scott Mosier, whose
new film, "Dogma," opened strongly at the box office last
Under the three-year deal -- which replaces one that expires
at the end of the year -- Smith will write and direct his own
Mosier-produced projects under their New Jersey-based View Askew
shingle. In addition, Smith will write and possibly executive
produce other film and TV projects, and Mosier will develop and
produce projects independent of Smith.
The duo's "Dogma," a religious satire about fallen angels,
was originally financed by Miramax, whose co-chairmen Harvey and
Bob Weinstein, ultimately offloaded it to Lions Gate to shield
Miramax's Disney parent from protests about the film's content.
"This deal is the equivalent of mom and dad letting us
convert the attic into our own sweet Johnny Bravo-like pad,"
said Smith, who is 29 to Mosier's 28. "We have nothing but love
for our non-biological mother and father, the brothers
Weinstein, and hope they never kick us out or tell us to get a
While Smith's next film project has yet to be announced, he
and Mosier are at work on the Miramax Television series
adaptation of their 1994 release "Clerks." The animated series
is scheduled to air on Disney-owned ABC next year.
Smith and Mosier spent the bulk of their last three-year
deal developing "Dogma," which garnered mostly positive
reviews and grossed $8.7 million in its first three days.