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Weinsteins at Cannes: Still Resolving 'Grace of Monaco,' and a New Five-Year Partnership

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 7, 2014 at 5:21PM

As the Weinstein Company heads to Cannes next week, things may be finally coming together for the troubled festival opener "Grace of Monaco." Following months of not-so-secret feuding over the film between Harvey Weinstein and the Grace Kelly biopic's director, Olivier Dahan, Weinstein is in final negotiations for stateside rights.
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Nicole Kidman in 'Grace of Monaco'
Nicole Kidman in 'Grace of Monaco'

As the Weinstein Company heads to Cannes next week, things may be finally coming together for the troubled festival opener "Grace of Monaco." Following months of not-so-secret feuding over the film's tone between Harvey Weinstein and the Grace Kelly biopic's director, Olivier Dahan, Weinstein may keep it on his slate of titles after all: the veteran dealmaker is in final negotiations for stateside rights.

Weinstein was adamant about creating a lighter and breezier cut of the film, while Dahan ("La vie en rose") wanted a darker tale. Thus when the film handed in to TWC was not as expected, the company tried to negotiate down its fee from $5 million to $3 million, claiming breach of contract. Last week it was reported that the film was potentially looking for a new stateside distributor.

Actually, the film has been off the Weinstein slate as of January, but its surprise selection as the Cannes opener made Weinstein reconsider--and a close relationship with Oscar perennial Kidman is another consideration for the awards whiz, who will also be promoting the re-edited Un Certain Regard entry "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Assuming the TWC deal closes, the distributor will have to hustle to line up their approach to the North American press corps in Cannes. Opening night is just a week away.

Meanwhile, TWC has partnered with Worldview Entertainment on a five-year deal. Worldview has come on board to finance four Weinstein titles -- Justin Chadwick's "Tulip Fever" and Simon Curtis's Helen Mirren starrer "The Woman in Gold," along with two unannounced titles -- while TWC will provide Worldview with four domestic theatrical and ancillary distribution slots per year.


This article is related to: News, Festivals, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein Co., Grace of Monaco


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.