It’s back to the grindstone for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. The two directors, each of whom has a longstanding and fruitful relationship with the Weinstein brothers, will collaborate on a horror flick for the sibling moguls as they launch their post-Miramax distribution company. Called ”Grind House,” after the seedy cinemas that showed horror, martial arts, and other exploitation cheapies in the ’70s (and which have provided obvious inspiration for the Kill Bill and Desperado filmmakers), the movie will consist of two hour-long tales of terror, one each written and directed by Tarantino and Rodriguez. There will also be trailers and other extras, just like in an actual grind house double feature. Due in early 2006, the film will mark the latest of several collaborations by the pair, including the vampire film From Dusk Till Dawn and this year’s Sin City. It could also be the first installment in a franchise of Grind House anthologies, Tarantino told the Hollywood Reporter.
Grind House was one of 14 films on Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s slate of releases, announced Wednesday. The roster includes some co-productions with Miramax parent Disney (films begun before the Weinsteins ended their 12-year partnership with Disney earlier this year, like Derailed, with Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen, and Matador, with Pierce Brosnan) and some completed movies picked up at recent film festivals (Sundance horror film Wolf Creek and Tribeca’s Transamerica, starring Felicity Huffman as a transsexual). Also on tap: Feast, the John Gulager horror film whose production was chronicled in the current season of Project Greenlight; Breaking and Entering, the third collaboration between director Anthony Minghella and Jude Law (after The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain); Killshot, an Elmore Leonard adaptation produced by Tarantino; Scary Movie 4; and Sin City 2.