LOS ANGELES — The Weinstein Company, one of Hollywood’s biggest independent film companies, is expected to formally announce an agreement with striking writers as early as Thursday, according to Harvey Weinstein, the company’s co-founder.
Speaking at a breakfast interview here, Mr. Weinstein said the company had come to terms with writers on a deal similar to that reached last week by United Artists, the first independent movie company to reach an interim contract with the writers, who have been on strike since Nov. 5.
“We need to get people back to work,” Mr. Weinstein said of the agreement. He said executives of the major film and television companies — which broke off talks with the writers last month — had reacted “negatively” to his decision to reach independent terms. But Mr. Weinstein said he felt an obligation to help break the logjam that has shut down much of the entertainment industry.
According to Mr. Weinstein, the deal includes provisions that will allow it to be superseded by any deal ultimately reached with the major companies through their bargaining group, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
One project that will immediately benefit from the independent deal is “Nine,” a planned film from Rob Marshall, who directed “Chicago.” Anthony Minghella, who has worked with Mr. Weinstein on films like “The English Patient” and “Cold Mountain,” is expected to begin working on revisions of a script that was written by Michael Tolkin, Mr. Weinstein said.
A number of other companies are seeking independent agreements with the striking Writers Guild of America East and Writers Guild of America West. But no major production company has yet broken ranks to seek a separate arrangement with the guilds.