Branagh directing; nonfiction book centers on 1930s powerhouse rowing team

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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