Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack will produce an English-language remake of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's foreign-language Oscar winner The Lives Of Others for The Weinstein Company (TWC).

The film-makers will serve as producers under their Mirage Productions label, which has renewed its exclusive first-look deal with TWC. It remained unclear last night who will direct the remake of the German drama about Stasi-era espionage.

Mirage's three-year deal with TWC encompasses all of Minghella's and Pollack's production-related activities, which include the comedy I Don't Know How She Does It, which David Frankel will direct following his worldwide hit The Devil Wears Prada.

Other projects include The Amulet Of Samarkand, based on the first novel in Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy; The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax, based on a novel by Liz Jensen; and romance The Reader, based on the Bernard Schlink novel of the same name.

'Both Sydney and I are delighted to be renewing our relationship with Bob and Harvey at The Weinstein Company,' Minghella said. 'We've enjoyed their support and enthusiasm over many years. It's a real partnership and it works.'

'[TWC has] been great both as business and creative partners, and we look forward with enormous enthusiasm to our future work together,' Pollack said.

'Anthony and Sydney are an exceptional team and I am honoured to continue to be in business with them,' Harvey Weinstein said. 'I genuinely love to work with them as they epitomise excellence and masterful film-making.'

The Weinstein brothers and Mirage first worked together on 1998's Sliding Doors, and went on to make Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr Ripley, Iris, and The Quiet American, among others. They most recently collaborated with Miramax on Minghella's Breaking And Entering.

Colin Vaines, TWC's executive vice president of European production and development, will oversee the projects with Mirage on behalf of TWC.

TWC's executive vice president of business affairs Eric Roth negotiated the renewal with Barry Tyerman of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum & Morris and CAA on behalf of Mirage.