By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire January 30, 2013 at 11:57AM
Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the drama “Le Weekend,” directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi. The specialty distributor plans a summer theatrical release.
Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum star in the story of a long-married British couple that returns to Paris decades after their honeymoon to try and rekindle their bond only to run into an old friend who changes their thinking.
"We could not resist getting involved in this project after reading the smart, moving and funny script by Hanif Kureishi and knowing director Roger Michell's work, particularly their wonderful previous collaborations ‘The Mother’ and ‘Venus,’ and picturing this super-talented cast playing these roles,” said Music Box exec Ed Arentz. “This was a movie we wanted to see and feel certain we will have plenty of company."
Arentz and colleague William Schopf negotiated the deal with Embankment Films' Tim Haslan.
Music Box most recently released Ira Sachs's “Keep the Lights On” and Sean Baker's “Starlet.” Forthcoming films include “Happy People: A Year in the Taiga” and “Lore.”