The Weinsteins are getting back into the Woody Allen business.
The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S., Australian, and New Zealand rights to Woody Allen’s suspense drama “Cassandra’s Dream,” starring Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell and Tom Wilkinson.
Wild Bunch handled worldwide foreign sales at the Cannes market for the film, written and directed by Allen and produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, and Gareth Wiley. The filmmaker now pre-sells his films around the world.
Allen turned down a Cannes closing-night berth for the pic, which will likely make its debut at the upcoming Venice Film Festival.
While heading Miramax Films, Bob and Harvey Weinstein distributed Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Celebrity.”
“Cassandra’s Dream” marks Allen’s third pic to be set in London, after “Scoop,” which Focus Features released to a $10.5 million Stateside gross, and DreamWorks’ “Match Point,” which topped out at $23 million in North America. “Cassandra’s Dream’s” tragic tale of two brothers and their entangled relationships marks a return to a darker palette for the filmmaker.
Harvey Weinstein is “one of the only producers-distributors around who actually can see beyond the grosses and gets real pleasure out of presenting fine movies,” Allen said.”Woody Allen has once again poured his tremendous passion and talent into creating a very powerful and compelling drama,” Weinstein said.
Meanwhile, Allen is prepping his fourth film to be shot outside the U.S., this time in Spain. Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem will star.Michelle Krumm and Maeva Gatineau, exec VPs and co-heads of acquisitions, and Laine Kline, senior veep of business and legal affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of TWC. Carole Baraton negotiated on behalf of Wild Bunch.