The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to “Kon-Tiki” for the U.S., Canada, UK and Italy from Hanway Films. An English-language version of the movie, which is Norway’s Oscar entry for best foreign-language film, will be released in theaters in 2013.
Directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, “Kon-Tiki” tells the true story of Thor Heyerdahl and the small crew of friends who sailed with him from Peru to Polynesia in an epic battle against nature. Petter Skavlan wrote the screenplay for the project, which played at the Toronto International Film Festival and, this week, at AFI Fest.
Heyerdahl’s own documentary on the voyage won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1951.
“We are extremely honored to be bringing this epic story to audiences everywhere,” said TWC’s Harvey Weinstein. “Roenning and Sandberg have really captured a special story, portrayed through incredible performances from the cast.”
Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company produced the film with Aage Aaberge on behalf of Nordisk Film. Executive producers include Lone Korslund of Nordisk Film, and Dario Suter, Christoph Daniel and Marc Schmidheiney of DCM Productions.
TWC execs David Glasser, Mark Gooder and Negeen Yazdi negotiated the deal with Thorsten Schumacher, MD, of HanWay Films.
The Weinstein Company has most recently released “Lawless,” “The Master” and “This Must Be the Place.” Forthcoming releases include “Quartet” and “Django Unchained.”