Fans of “Dogma” – keep praying.
Kevin Smith’s 1999 religious satire has yet to be resurrected on streaming services.
The director, 52, noted in a recent interview that the film rights are currently being held “hostage” by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
The comedy is not available to watch online or purchase digitally; meanwhile, Blu-ray DVDs sell for nearly $100 apiece.
“To tell the story, unfortunately, I’m going to have to say the name no one wants to hear anymore. But of course Harvey Weinstein is in the story,” the “Mallrats” director said. says The Wrap.
“I mean, honestly, not even a thought. I don’t think he realized he still owned that movie,” he added. “I don’t think he realized he was out of public distribution or anything like that.”
The New Jersey native went on to explain 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 here, so we can make a really good sequel or an even better series.”
“And I was really excited because I was like, ‘Oh my God, for the first time. The guy [Weinstein] remembered me. Like, after a decade he remembered that I was part of the Miramax family. And he remembered he had ‘Dogma’ and had a cool cast and I don’t know, I felt like wow, that’s, that’s cool,” Smith said.
However, scandal rocked the world of the Miramax founder (and Hollywood) when a bomb New York Times Exposed discovered the numerous sexual assault allegations against him a week after that fateful phone call.
Smith even tried to buy out 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 is holding him hostage. My film about angels belongs to the devil himself. And if there’s only one way out, maybe we can redeem it.
Smith noted that the film is currently owned by a mysterious company – which he claims is owned by Weinstein.
The comic book writer has been trying to get the movie back for some time. “My heaven movie is in limbo,” he said.
“What sucks is he’s also sitting his big a– on my film. And the right thing to do would have been to sell him back to me even if you didn’t want to sell at the price I first said. Smith pointed out. “Tell us what that price is and resell me my personal expression.”