The Weinstein Company Acquires Madonna’s W.E.
The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. distribution rights to W.E., Madonna’s directorial debut of a feature film. The announcement was made by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and President of Production Donna Gigliotti.
W.E. is a romantic drama co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian, produced by Madonna and Kris Thykier and executive produced by Scott Franklin (Black Swan). It stars Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Oscar Isaac (Drive), James D’Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go), Natalie Dormer (“The Tudors”), Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), James Fox (Sherlock Holmes) and Laurence Fox (“Inspector Lewis”).
Spanning six decades, W.E. juxtaposes a contemporary love story with that of King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson.
“W.E. is about the nature of true love, and the sacrifices and compromises that are often made. I’ve wanted to tell this story for a very long time, and bringing it to life has been a great adventure for me. I’m looking forward to working with Harvey and The Weinstein Company on this film,” commented Madonna.
Synopsis: W.E. tells the story of two fragile but determined women – Wally Winthrop and Wallis Simpson – separated by more than six decades. In 1998, lonely New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) is obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate love story: King Edward’s VIII’s abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcée Wallis Simpson. But Wally’s research, including several visits to the Sotheby’s auction of the Windsor Estate, reveals that the couple’s life together was not as perfect as she thought. Weaving back and forth in time, W.E. intertwines Wally’s journey of discovery in New York with the story of Wallis (Andrea Riseborough) and Edward (James D’Arcy), from the glamorous early days of their romance to the slow unraveling of their lives in the decades that followed.