Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Abbie Cornish at TIFF 2007
I've been keeping a tab on this one for a while now and am excited about this bit of news! The Weinstein Co., purveyor of some of my favourites like NINE, Blue Valentine and Academy Awards Best Picture winner The King's Speech, announced yesterday that it will be handling the U.S. distribution for Madonna's directorial debut, W.E.

The Romantic Drama which criss-crosses the love stories of King Edward VIII  (James D'Arcy) who famously gave up his title as King of England to be with a Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough), an American Divorcée, together with a modern day Love Story more than 60 years later between an American Girl named Wally (Abbie Cornish) and a Russian Security Guard Evgeni (Oscar Isaac).  Fans of The King's Speech will recall that Film touched upon this famous Romance between King Edward VIII and Simpson.  Natalie Dormer who I met in Toronto a couple months back filming ABC's Poe, also stars.

Weinstein issued a statement yesterday stating “Madonna has really come into her own as a Filmmaker with W.E.,” said Weinstein. “She’s taken one of the most famous romances of the 20th Century and brought it to life in a smart, sexy and thoroughly modern way. It’s a terrific addition to our U.S. release slate.”.

As has been the case in previous years, Weinstein brings his Oscars heavy-hitters to TIFF in September and perhaps we'll be seeing a Premiere here in Toronto?  I know in the v. least one or two of you out there might be really excited at that possibility!

Alliance Films which normally handles distribution for The Weinstein Co. in Canada is unable to confirm yet whether or not they will be working on this Title, but in all likelihood they will later this year.

(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)

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