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Harvey Weinstein Might Make Mila 18 After All

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Producer Harvey Weinstein attends the "Les Bien-Aimes" premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2011 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Harvey Weinstein might not have settled on which of his many worthy films to champion in the upcoming Oscar race — especially since he called this year “the most competitive season I’ve ever seen” — but it sure sounds like he knows what his next film will be. Speaking at the Zurich International Film Festival, Weinstein once again brought up Mila 18, a novel about the ghetto uprising in WWII Warsaw, which he bought the rights to in 1998, calling it “kind of the prequel to Exodus.”

Back then, Weinstein explained his love of the work to the New York Times:

''As a kid I swore to my aunt that Mila 18 would be made into a great movie, and the rights to it ended up being owned by everybody but me over the years. Then a year and a half ago I got the rights, and now it's finally going to be made into a movie, and I might direct that movie myself because I swore to my aunt that I would make it.''

Apparently the busy producer hasn't forgotten about the picture. According to Deadline, he said on Saturday, “We will make that movie, sooner rather than later.” Then, proving that he knows exactly what everyone is saying about him (and the “Harvey Scissorhands” reputation he’s garnered), Weinstein added, “I have so many directors that want to produce that movie, Martin Scorsese said he’d do it but cut the three hours and make it a ten-minute short.”

Photo: Ian Gavan/2011 Getty Images