Weinsteins to Distribute Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus' (Berlin)
The Weinstein Company has taken U.S. rights to Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut Coriolanus, which is due to unspool in Competition at the Berlinale Monday.
The $10-million pic, which also stars Fiennes himself alongside Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox.
TWC has secured Pan Asian pay TV rights to the pic, which the outfit was circling pre-EFM in a multi-layered deal struck with Icon Entertainment International.
TWC is planning a 2011 release.
The story is played as a contemporary political thriller about the life and times of Shakespeare's Roman general antihero.
The deal was hammered out for Icon by Hugo Grumbar, Estelle Overs and for TWC by COO David Glasser, senior VP of biz affairs Michal Steinberg, senior VP of production Kelly Carmichael and VP of acquisitions Daniel Guando.
KSM has taken all German rights for the movie, Icon said.
Lionsgate has the movie in the U.K.
Fiennes also produced the pic with Artemis Films' Julia Taylor-Stanley, Magnolia Mae Films' Gabrielle Tana and Synchronistic's Colin Vaines.
Fiennes told The Hollywood Reporter that the picture had been a labor love, verging on obsession.
"I think I have an obsession with this particular Shakespearean play and its vertical confrontation between the play and how it speaks directly to the audience and confronts them," Fiennes said.