Comedy toplines Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon
LONDON — The Weinstein Company has snagged U.S. and Latin American rights to Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut “Quartet” from London-based sales agent HanWay Films.Comedy toplines Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins. Hoffman directs from a script penned by Ronald Harwood. Finola Dwyer and Stewart Mackinnon produce the comedy, which follows the story of a group of retired opera singers who each year stage an opera to raise funds for the home in which they reside. TWC made a pre-emptive offer based on the script and HanWay promo before planned L.A. and Gotham acquisition screenings skedded for Thursday. Deal was negotiated by HanWay m.d. Thorsten Schumacher and COO Jan Spielhoff alongside WME Global’s Graham Taylor, who co-repped U.S. rights while TWC senior VP of acquisitions Negeen Yazdi and biz affairs exec Talia Houminer negotiated on behalf of TWC. Pic is financed by BBC Films, DCM Productions and Decca. Jamie Laurenson, Dario Suter, Christoph Daniel, Marc Schmidheiny, Dickon Stainer, Xavier Marchand and Hoffman exec produce. HanWay has inked more than 30 worldwide deals for “Quartet,” including Momentum for U.K., Transmission for Oz, DCM for Germany and Vertice for Spain.