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Weinsteins Board Dustin Hoffman Starrer ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’

LONDON — The Weinstein Company has taken all non-theatrical rights in the U.S. to Red Arrow Intl.’s “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which stars Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit”) directed the 90-minute film, which was commissioned by the BBC and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones (“The Girl in the Café”) at Red Arrow’s Endor Prods.

Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) and Paul Mayhew-Archer (“The Vicar of Dibley”) adapted Roald Dahl’s story, which centers on Mr. Hoppy (Hoffman) and his ingenious plot to win the heart of his neighbor, Mrs. Silver (Dench), involving a cryptic riddle and more than a hundred tortoises.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein commented: “Roald Dahl is one of the most revered children’s authors in history, so needless to say we’re delighted to be on board with this project. Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will do a phenomenal job embodying his beloved, one-of-a-kind characters.”

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