Weinstein Co. Takes 'Roald Dahl's Esio Trot'‎ for U.S.

The TV movie, ordered by the BBC last year, stars Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench

The Weinstein Co. has acquired family TV movie Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, for the U.S.‎

The company, which has been building out its TV business and mulling its possible spinoff, has taken all non-theatrical rights to the project for the country. Financial details were not disclosed.

The BBC last year ordered the 90-minute Roald Dahl adaptation for flagship network BBC One.

Hoffman plays a retired bachelor with a secret passion for his neighbor, portrayed by Dench. But she focuses all of her affection on her pet turtle.

Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said: "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."

Dahl’s story has been adapted by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually) and Paul Mayhew-Archer. ProSiebenSat.1's Red Arrow International has been selling the project.

The books of British author Dahl, who was born to Norwegian parents in Wales, include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. They have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.‎

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