Weinstein Co. picks 'Blueberry'


The Weinstein Co. has nabbed all U.S., Australian and New Zealand rights to Wong Kar Wai's romantic comedy "My Blueberry Nights" starring Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, Tim Roth and Natalie Portman.

"Nights" marks Wong's English-language feature debut and the feature-film acting debut of singer Jones, who will play a woman taking a long road trip to find true love. The feature, filled with eccentric characters she meets along the way, was shot on locations across the country in the summer.

"Ten years ago, Harvey Weinstein played a key role in introducing my work to American audiences with 'Chungking Express,' " said Wong, who was the jury president at May's Festival de Cannes. "It's a pleasure to be reunited with an old friend at this new phase of my career."

Wong wrote "Nights" with Lawrence Block and produced the project with Jean Louis Piel, Jacky Pang and Wang Wei. The Block 2 Distribution presentation is a co-production of Jet Tone Films and Lou Yi Limited.

Weinstein Co. executive vps and co-heads of acquisitions Michelle Krumm and Maeva Gatineau and senior vp business and legal affairs Laine Kline negotiated the deal with StudioCanal executive vp international sales Muriel Sauzay and director of international sales Saya Huddleston. Irene Leung negotiated on behalf of Block 2 Distribution. StudioCanal is handling international sales.