The Weinstein Company (TWC) officially announced today their acquisition of the U.S. distribution rights to the upcoming GRACE OF MONACO, produced by YRF Entertainment’sUday Chopra. The film is directed by Olivier Dahan (LA VIE EN ROSE) with a screenplay byArash Amel. Pierre-Ange le Pogam of Stone Angels and Arash Amel also produced.
GRACE OF MONACO is set to have a December 27th limited release based on the model the company used for the Academy Award® winning IRON LADY.
Commenting on the deal, Dahan said: "It has been a wonderful experience to be working with Nicole, Tim, Frank, and the whole group. I am very happy now to share the experience with Monsieur Weinstein and the whole team at TWC. This is exciting."
“More than thirty years after her death, Grace Kelly’s story continues to be one of insurmountable allure and we are so happy Olivier Dahan has brought it new life,” commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “As always, Nicole Kidman’s commanding performance is the perfect portrait of a woman who was not only royalty, but who also remains a legend of the silver screen and fashion icon.”
GRACE OF MONACO stars Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman (RABBIT HOLE, THE HOURS, MOULIN ROUGE!) in the lead role as Grace Kelly and Tim Roth (ARBITRAGE, PULP FICTION, RESEVOIR DOGS) as her husband, Prince Rainier III. The film also features Frank Langella, Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, and Derek Jacobi in supporting roles.
The movie tells the story of efforts by the late Princess Grace of Monaco (the former Grace Kelly, played by Nicole Kidman) to make peace between her adopted country and France. Grace, just 33 years old, and having just given up an acting career to become Monaco’s First Lady, maneuvered through a political minefield to resolve the situation, as detailed in the film.
The project is the latest movie by YRF Entertainment, a Beverly Hills-based production and financing company that is a subsidiary of Indian studio Yash Raj Films, to develop, finance, and produce English language films for the U.S. and global market.
The deal was negotiated in Los Angeles by David Glasser and Michal Steinberg for The Weinstein Company with CAAand Le Pogam on behalf of the filmmakers.