Harvey Weinstein passes on a film pitch — it was a spy novel — from President Obama. In Paris, he's made a member of French Foreign Legion
If you've ever had a pitch turned down by Harvey Weinstein, you're now in some fine company. The Weinstein Co. chief disclosed that President Obama recently sent him a film idea — which he passed on.
“The President sent me a book the other day and said ‘Why don’t you make this into a movie?’" Weinstein said. "I can’t tell you [what it was]. It was a spy novel.”
But Weinstein demurred.
“I sent him an email back saying he was the most overqualified book scout I’ve ever had,” he told the Times of London.
Weinstein is a deep-pocketed supporter of President Obama and the Democratic Party, and recently co-hosted fundraising events for the president in New York and Los Angeles.
The Weinstein Co. said it had no comment on the pitch.
As if getting a movie pitch from President Obama wasn't enough, Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday was made a member of the French Legion of Honor.
In ceremony held in Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy honored the 59-year-old producer of “The Artist” for his contribution to cinema by making him a member of the French Legion of Honor.
“I am honored and humbled by this recognition from President Sarkozy and the people of France. All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema, and as a studio head it has been my pride and joy to have the ability to bring movies to audiences around the world,” Weinstein said in a statement before the ceremony.
“I am still the young boy who walked to the cinema in Flushing, New York to see films by the greats — Lelouch, Godard, Renoir and my personal favorite, François Truffaut. They inspired me and led me to the place I am in today. I hope to continue my friendship with France and its filmmakers for many years to come.”