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Weinsteins Buy Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Debut, “Coriolanus”

Weinsteins Buy Ralph Fiennes' Directorial Debut, "Coriolanus"

The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut “Coriolanus,” it was announced today. Starring Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, and 2011’s potential big breakout Jessica Chastain, the film is world premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival this Monday, February 14th.

Full release below.

New York, NY, February 11, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired from Icon Entertainment International (IEI) U.S. rights and Pan Asian pay TV rights to CORIOLANUS, the feature directorial debut of Academy Award® nominated actor Ralph Fiennes. A contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s classic play about the titular Roman warrior, CORIOLANUS stars Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain and James Nesbitt.

CORIOLANUS will make its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival this Monday, February 14. TWC plans a 2011 release.

Said TWC Co-Chairman, Harvey Weinstein, “My brother’s and my relationship with Ralph stretches back many years and includes two of our most cherished productions, THE ENGLISH PATIENT and THE READER. He’s a brilliant artist, and we are honored and delighted to partner with him in bringing CORIOLANUS to American moviegoers.”

Ralph Fiennes said, “I’m thrilled that Harvey and TWC will distribute CORIOLANUS in the U.S. His response to the film was overwhelmingly passionate. He really embraced it. This has been a long road and I cannot think of a better company to do it in the U.S.”

Said IEI Managing Director, Hugo Grumbar, “TWC is the perfect U.S. home for Ralph’s visceral, stunning debut.”

The deal was negotiated for TWC by David Glasser, Chief Operating Officer, Michal Steinberg, Senior Vice President Business Affairs, Kelly Carmichael, Senior Vice President Production and Daniel Guando, Vice President Acquisitions; and for IEI by Grumbar and Estelle Overs, Head of Legal and Business Affairs.

CORIOLANUS is produced by Ralph Fiennes; Julia Taylor-Stanley for Artemis Films; Gabrielle Tana for Magnolia Mae Films; and Colin Vaines for Synchronistic Inc. It was adapted for the screen by John Logan, (SWEENEY TODD, THE AVIATOR, GLADIATOR). Barry Ackroyd (GREEN ZONE, THE HURT LOCKER, UNITED 93) is the Director of Photography. The film is being distributed in the U.K. by Lionsgate UK.

ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Since its launch, TWC and Dimension Films have also released such films as GRINDHOUSE, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN; 1408; I’M NOT THERE; THE MIST; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; CLERKS II; FACTORY GIRL; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; the 2010 Oscar® winner INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and 2010 Oscar nominees A SINGLE MAN and NINE; and 2011 Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film nominee THE CONCERT.

Currently in release is Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, which has been nominated for twelve 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture; Derek Cianfrance’s Academy Award-nominated BLUE VALENTINE; and John Wells’ feature directorial debut, THE COMPANY MEN. Recently wrapping is MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, Robert Rodriguez’s SPY KIDS 4, and the new installment of the SCREAM franchise, SCREAM 4. Currently in production is Douglas McGrath’s I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT.

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