Weinstein Co. nabs ‘Company Men’

Film unit acquires domestic rights to Sundance pic

The Weinstein Co. has acquired domestic rights to corporate downsizing drama “The Company Men,” the first feature helmed by John Wells.

Deal includes a mid-seven figure P&A commitment as well as a “substantial” theatrical release. CAA set up financing for the film, which TWC plans to release later this year. Deal was announced Wednesday by TWC toppers Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

The Company Men,” which premiered at Sundance, stars Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello and Tommy Lee Jones. Wells wrote, directed and produced along with Claire Rudnick Polstein and Paula Weinstein.

International rights are being handled by IM Global, which had pre-sold many territories prior to Sundance.

“?’The Company Men’ was a real labor of love for all of us involved,” said Wells, best known for TV skeins “ER” and “The West Wing.” He is also prexy of Writers Guild of America West.

TWC also announced a July 16 bow for French comedy “The Concert,” starring Melanie Laurent; an Oct. 8 opening for John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy”; and a Nov. 26 bow for Brit drama “The King’s Speech.”

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