Weinstein Company has acquired film rights to “The Boys in the Boat”

14 March, 2011

Michelle Williams in Meek's Cutoff 2011

Michelle Williams in Meek's Cutoff 2011

World premiere for the Kenneth Branagh directed Thor movie will be held in Sydney, Australia on Sunday April 17th, 2011. The Weinstein Company has acquired film rights to “The Boys in the Boat,” a nonfiction book proposal to be written by Daniel James Brown.

Kenneth Branagh will direct. The actor/helmer just wrapped production on “Thor” for Paramount. TWC production prexy Donna Gigliotti will produce with Judy Hofflund exec producing.

Book, set in the 1930s, centers around the U of Washington’s powerhouse rowing team. Sources describe the project as a cross between “Seabiscuit” and “Chariots of Fire.”

“The Boys in The Boat is an epic,” Branagh said in a statement. “I was completely captivated by the characters, the era, and the dreams of a generation unfolding beautifully and dramatically.”

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