Kevin Smith says disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein will not allow Dogma to be broadcast or purchased.
By Matthew Creith | Published
Inside the long career of writer and director Kevin Smith who is currently promoting the new film Clerk 3, his films crossed over from the mundane to the comic book-adjacent, while spotlighting Smith’s sense of humor and nuanced charm. From humble beginnings in New Jersey, filming movies like Clerks and Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams’ sexual identity romantic comedy Chasing Amy, Smith’s association with the world of independent feature film is felt in many of his projects over the past three decades. Now, it looks like disgraced mega-producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein may be responsible for saving one of Kevin Smith’s most beloved films, Dogmawhile keeping it hostage to availability on streaming platforms and video-on-demand services.
According to a report by The envelopewriter and director Kevin Smith has confirmed that producer Harvey Weinstein does not allow Dogma be available on all current subscription streaming platforms, and audiences are not permitted to purchase the film to save for a later date. A satirical look at religion in modern times, Dogma was produced by Weinstein’s production company at the time, Miramax, before folding it to The Weinstein Company. After trying to buy the film back from Weinstein amid the producer’s MeToo-era sexual assault allegations, Weinstein balked at the prospect and retained the title without giving Smith and his producing partners the chance to make what they want with the film and its characters.
Kevin Smith had worked with production companies Miramax and Harvey Weinstein’s The Weinstein Company to make several now well-known films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob strike back, Clerk 2and Zack and Miri make a porn. The latter played Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as roommates in Pittsburgh who resort to making a pornographic film starring them in order to get the attention of their former high school classmates and earn enough money. for rent and utilities. The 2008 film was Smith’s last project with one of Weinstein’s companies and supposedly only spoke to the infamous producer just before the allegations surfaced in 2017 when Weinstein tried to do more. of projects with Smith surrounding the characters and actors of Dogma.
When he debuted in 1999, Kevin Smith’s Dogma was highly praised for its prominent cast, but also criticized by religious organizations prior to the film’s release for its satirical slant towards God, the Catholic Church, blasphemy, and religion as a whole. The film featured a post-Goodwill hunting Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, along with Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Alan Rickman, Alanis Morissette and Kevin Smith are dating collaborators Jason Mewes and Jason Lee. Dogma was one of the first films to be distributed by Lionsgate Films and grossed over $44 million at the box office against a budget of $10 million, which was considered one of the highest-grossing films for Smith’s Askewniverse at the time.