The Weinstein Company co-chairman talked about the project this week during an interview with Howard Stern
Harvey Weinstein promised that an upcoming film he’s making, starring Meryl Streep, will make the National Rifle Association “wish they weren’t alive” during an interview with Howard Stern earlier this week, and now it has a title.
A Weinstein Co. spokeswoman told TheWrap on Thursday that the film will be called “The Senator’s Wife.”
“I think the NRA is a disaster area. I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard. I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on,” Weinstein told Stern on Wednesday. “And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”
Weinstein described the film as a “big movie like a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,'” which he hopes will make audiences think: “Gun stocks — I don’t want to be involved in that stuff. It’s going to be like crash and burn.”
Weinstein’s big reveal came after he brought up his dream directorial project, “Mila 18,” which he has been talking about directing for over a decade.
“I know all of the material, and I’ll get great people,” Weinstein said after admitting his 1986 directorial debut, “Playing for Keeps,” was “terrible.”
“I’ve got to do this one. This has bugged me my whole life,” Weinstein said. “This has been a project I’ve searched for ever since my aunt gave me the book when I was a boy.”
Ironically, he described the adaptation of Leon Uris’ book as “not a Holocaust story as much as it’s Jews with Guns.”
Weinstein said he would “find a gun” if he was subject to the horrors of the Holocaust, but doesn’t feel “we need guns in this country.”
Listen to Stern’s entire interview with the filmmaker, and staunch supporter of President Barack Obama, below. He starts talking about it just after the 52-minute mark.