Filmmaker Ken Bowser has been working hard to get his pet project, Down and Dirty Pictures off the ground, but there are forces afoot keeping the flick in development. He’s got a script (based on the book of the same name), a stellar cast headed by Vincent D’Onofrio and nearly all the funding, so what’s the holdup?

The story revolves around the rise of the independent film industry during the 1990s and who better to feature prominently than former Miramax head, Harvey Weinstein, whose pics from The Crying Game and Pulp Fiction to Clerks and Kill Bill, have received more than the average share of recognition over the years.

And there in lies the rub. Bowser is convinced Weinstein doesn’t want Down and Dirty Pictures made – and considering the nearly legendary anecdotes about the famed producer, it’s understandable why Weinstein would want the movie killed.

Weinstein is known for outbursts and for browbeating his employees. In fact, the ruthless studio head in Tropic Thunder was supposedly fashioned from his personality…with liberties taken of course.

Miramax was founded in 1979 - sold to Disney in ’93. And after an acrimonious split between the Weinsteins and the studio, the brothers formed The Weinstein Company, a successful venture in its own right. Late Thursday the Hollywood Reporter issued a report that the Weinsteins are set to take back control of their former company with the help of a few financial backers, who funded a rumored $600 mil for the transaction…though the studio has yet to officially confirm the deal.

Note to Ken Bowser…don’t count on a production deal of Down and Dirty Pictures with Miramax Films anytime soon.

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Ken Bowser going through the cast who is set to star in Down and Dirty Pictures.

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Why Bowser thinks Harvey Weinstein is putting up roadblocks to getting Down and Dirty Pictures made.

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How close Bowser is to start filming Down and Dirty Pictures.

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