Weinstein Co. circles ‘War of the Buttons’

'The Chorus' helmer Christophe Barratier directed French pic

The Weinstein Company is negotiating to acquire Christophe Barratier’s recent French pic “War of the Buttons.”

Pic, produced by La Petite Reine and Studio 37, is based on Louis Pergaud’s 1912 novel. Story centers on two rival gangs of kids from neighboring French villages who wage a merciless play-war against each other.

“Buttons” was one of two projects based on Pergaud’s tome released in France this year. Another version directed by Yann Samuell unspooled in September — the same month as the Barratier-helmed pic.

Barratier helmed “The Chorus” in 2004, which went on to become a major box office hit in Gaul and beyond.

Miramax released “Chorus” when TWC’s Bob and Harvey Weinstein still ran the banner. The brothers also worked with production company La Petite Reine, on Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” which TWC bows Friday. Sales company Wild Bunch repped both that pic as well as Barratier’s “Buttons.”

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