Entertainment One has acquired the US rights to “Diana” — starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana — from Embankment Films and Ecosse Films. eOne will also distribute with major releases in the UK, Canada and Spain.
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (“Downfall”) and written by Stephen Jeffreys (“The Libertine”), the film places Watts alongside Naveen Andrews and Cas Anvar as the princess’ final two romantic partners Dr. Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed. Currently in post-production, the film explores the last two years of Princess Diana’s life and her relationship with heart surgeon Khan. The film is produced by Ecosse Films’ Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae.
“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Diana’ home from Cannes,” said Dylan Wiley, VP Theatrical Marketing and Distribution, eOne Films US, in a statement. “‘Diana’ will give audiences worldwide a chance to not only fall in love with the Princess all over again, but also discover a part of her life up until now kept out of the public eye. And only Naomi Watts could bring such a modern icon to life, through a truly beautiful and nuanced performance.”
The deal was negotiated by Tim Haslam for Embankment Films and Ecosse Films and Jo Sweby for eOne.
“Diana” is expected to hit theaters in the US in late 2013, clearly in hopes of awards season play.