Monday (July 19) night, speaking on the set of Showtime’s “Californication” Season 4, on which he is guest-starring as eccentric movie actor Eddie Nero, Rob Lowe talked to Zap2it about his involvement in a consortium looking to buy Miramax Films from Walt Disney Company.
“We are right now in very heavy negotiating with Disney,” says Lowe, “and we’re governed by all these nondisclosures, so really all I can say it’s that it’s real, it’s on, it’s happening. I think it’s going to close, and it’s going to be really, really exciting.”
Founded in 1979 by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the art house/indie film studio became part of Disney in 1993, where the Weinsteins operated it until leaving in 2005.
Recently, reports surfaced that Santa Monica-based Colony Capital had made a bid for Miramax, as part of an ongoing series of negotiations that reportedly has also involved Hollywood financier David Bergstein and Los Angeles construction magnate Ron Tutor.
]]>Tom Barrack with the goal of creating a new media venture. He also has business with investors in Italy, where Lowe had been just prior to returning to Los Angeles to film these scenes for “Californication.” “One of the things I love about this business is when artists can become businesspeople, and businesspeople can become artists. You look at Herb Alpert, trumpet player, who starts A&M Records. You look at Jon Peters, a hairdresser, who [became a producer] and made some of the greatest movies in the world. Ron Howard, who was Opie, creates Imagine Films. “There’s a great tradition of that. It’s going to be a fun chapter for me, but I’m not going to ever stop acting.” As for the time frame on closing the deal, Lowe says, “Fast.” Follow Zap2it on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news. Photo credit: Getty Images