“Dogma” fans – keep praying.
Kevin Smith’s 1999 religious satire has yet to be revived on streaming services.
The 52-year-old director noted in a recent interview that the film’s rights are currently being “held hostage” by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
The comedy cannot be viewed online or purchased digitally; Blu-ray DVDs now sell for nearly $100 a piece.
“Unfortunately, to tell the story, I have to say the name that no one wants to hear anymore. But of course Harvey Weinstein has a part to play in the story,” the Mallrats director told The Wrap.
“I don’t even mean a thought, to be honest. I don’t think he realized he still owned this film,” he added. “I don’t think he realized it was pulled from public distribution or anything.”
The New Jersey native then explained how Weinstein, now 70, called Smith “out of the blue” in 2017 to produce a “dogma” TV series or sequel.
The Chasing Amy screenwriter continued, “All the people who were there are still there, so we can make a pretty good sequel or series even better.”
“And I was really excited because I was like, ‘Oh my god, for the first time. The guy [Weinstein] remembered me. For example, after a decade he remembered that I was part of the Miramax family. And he remembered he had ‘Dogma’ and a cool cast and I don’t know, I felt like wow, that’s, that’s cool,” Smith said.
Scandal rocked the Miramax founder’s (and Hollywood’s) world, however, when a bombastic New York Times disclosure exposed the numerous sexual assault allegations against him a week after that fateful phone call.
Smith even tried to buy back the rights to Dogma, but Weinstein was asking too much.
“We felt very dirty because we didn’t want to give him any money,” Smith said. “He’s holding it hostage. My film about angels belongs to the devil himself. And if there is only one way out, maybe we could buy it away.”
Smith noted that the film is currently owned by a mysterious company — which he believes belongs to Weinstein.
The comic book writer has been trying to get the movie back for a while. “My film about the sky is in limbo,” he said.
“What sucks is he’s sitting his fat on my film too. And the right thing would have been to sell it back to me, even if you didn’t want to sell it at the price I first said.” Smith pointed out. “Tell us what that price is and sell me back my self-expression.”