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Weinstein Co. Acquires Rights to ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘The Railway Man’ at TIFF

Weinstein Co. Acquires Rights to 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'The Railway Man' at TIFF

As The Toronto International Film Festival winds down, The Weinstein Company has picked up two more features, “Railway Man” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His/Hers.”

Harvey and Co. secured a deal for the U.S. rights to Jonathan Teplitzky’s “Railway Man” for a reported $2 million, per Deadline, The film, which had its gala premiere last week, stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman and follows a survivor of WWII’s “Death Railway” who seeks to find those who tortured him four decades later.

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His/Hers,” which had its first screening on Monday, is the other title that has reportedly been snapped up by the Weinstein Co. In the film, directed by Ned Benson, James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain play two lovers whose relationship is on the decline, with the three-hour running time equally divided between both characters’ perspectives, hence the unique title.

These two acquisitions come on the heels of what has already been a pretty busy festival for Weinstein, as they previously picked up John Carney’s “Can a Song Save Your Life?  for $7 million as well as a promised $20 million for prints and advertising. Add to that the fact that upcoming Weinstein releases “Mandela” and “August: Osage County” premiered at the festival, and it is safe to say that Harvey’s slate is categorically full at Toronto.

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