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Weinstein Prepare ‘Speech’ for 2010

If finances weren’t on the rebound, the Weinsteins wouldn’t be making announcements like this one – especially of the rights bought before the principal photography type.

If finances weren’t on the rebound, the Weinsteins wouldn’t be making announcements like this one – especially of the rights bought before the principal photography type. TWC have picked up multiple territory rights (including their own turf) to The King’s SpeechTom Hooper (John Adams) will take the director’s chair and project will include a pair of actors who, at this point in their careers, must be fed up with playing dress up. At least Brit/Aussie actors have a corner of the market covered – anything having to do with 16th to 18th. Lensing begins this year for a 2010 release. 

The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ‘Bertie’ VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, and Gareth Unwin of Bedlam Productions. Bedlam’s Simon Egan will act as co-producer on the film.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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