The Weinstein Company has picked up the rights to The Material Girl’s upcoming directorial debut, W.E, company Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and Donna Gigliotti, Weinstein’s President of Production, have confirmed.
Madonna directed the 81-minute short film Filth and Wisdom in 2008. W.E. will be the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer’s first feature-length movie. W.E. juxtaposes a contemporary love story with that of King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The film — which features an ensemble cast that includes Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, James D’Arcy, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Dormer, Richard Coyle, James Fox, and Laurence Fox — was co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian. Kris Thykier and Scott Franklin join the writing duo as executive producers.
“‘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 Co. on this film,” Madonna said in a statement Monday.
“Madonna has really come into her own as a filmmaker with ‘W.E.,’” Weinstein adds. “She’s taken one of the most famous romances of the 20th century and brought it to life in a smart, sexy and thoroughly modern way. It’s a terrific addition to our U.S. release slate.”