U cleans up with ‘Dirty’ feature

Co. acquires theatrical, vid rights in U.K.

Universal Pictures has picked up U.K. theatrical and video rights to “Women Talking Dirty,” starring Helena Bonham Carter and Gina McKee and directed by Coky Giedroyc (“Stella Does Tricks”).

Pic, which Scottish author Isa Dewar and Dee Taylor adapted from Dewar’s novel, concerns the difficulties women face in today’s society.

Rocket Pictures’ David Furnish and Polly Steele produced and Jean Doumanian exec produced. Richard Wilson, James Nesbitt and Eileen Atkins round out the cast. No domestic distributor is yet in place.

Pic marks the first feature from Elton John’s U.K.-based production shingle Rocket Pictures, co-founded by his partner Furnish, which was set up under a five-year development deal with the Walt Disney Co. Furnish and Steele previously produced the BAFTA-nominated documentary “Elton John — Tantrums & Tiaras.”

John wrote the score for the film, whose soundtrack will be released on Mercury Records and feature recordings from Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton, Marianne Faithfull, Trisha Yearwood, Kate Bush, Lulu and Diana Krall.

“Dirty” will be released Sept. 28 in the U.K. through UIP. Deal was brokered by U’s London-based acquisitions exec Graeme Mason.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Universal is releasing this film,” John said. “They have done a wonderful job with ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ and have demonstrated a real ability to attract a female audience.”

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