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Weinstein Co. & Branagh Team for Rowing Tale Boys in the Boat

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 4, 2011 at 7:58AM

Kenneth Branagh, who just wrapped Paramount's Thor (which has a bad-ass new poster), will next take charge of The Boys in the Boat, a 1930s story about the University of Washington's rowing team, based on a non-fiction book to be written by Daniel James Brown. Film rights have gone to The Weinstein Co., whose production chief Donna Gigliotti will serve as producer.
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Kenneth Branagh, who just wrapped Paramount's Thor (which has a bad-ass new poster), will next take charge of The Boys in the Boat, a 1930s story about the University of Washington's rowing team, based on a non-fiction book to be written by Daniel James Brown. Film rights have gone to The Weinstein Co., whose production chief Donna Gigliotti will serve as producer.

Branagh says "The Boys in The Boat is an epic, I was completely captivated by the characters, the era, and the dreams of a generation unfolding beautifully and dramatically." We are due for a good movie about rowing, which does more than just feature scenes of crews practicing on Boston's Charles River (Good Will Hunting), D.C.'s Potomac River (Enemy of The State) or at London's Henley-on-Thames (The Social Network). There are many others that you've probably never heard of. Check out crew site Row2K's "Rowing and The Art of The Social Network" and the instant-classic scene below. Armie Hammer times eight, anyone?

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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.