Kenneth Branagh, who just wrapped Paramount’s Thor (which has a bad-ass new poster), will next take charge of The Boys in the Boat, a 1930s story about the University of Washington’s rowing team, based on a non-fiction book to be written by Daniel James Brown. Film rights have gone to The Weinstein Co., whose production chief Donna Gigliotti will serve as producer.
Branagh says “The Boys in The Boat is an epic, I was completely captivated by the characters, the era, and the dreams of a generation unfolding beautifully and dramatically.” We are due for a good movie about rowing, which does more than just feature scenes of crews practicing on Boston’s Charles River (Good Will Hunting), D.C.’s Potomac River (Enemy of The State) or at London’s Henley-on-Thames (The Social Network). There are many others that you’ve probably never heard of. Check out crew site Row2K‘s “Rowing and The Art of The Social Network” and the instant-classic scene below. Armie Hammer times eight, anyone?