Madonna's (sort of) directorial debut acquired by Weinstein

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W.E. is now Weinstein family. Rights to the film directed by Madonna have been acquired by the Weinstein Co., the studio announced Monday. (Though the Weinstein Co., is referring to the project as Madonna’s “directorial debut,” the singer actually helmed her first film, Filth and Wisdom, back in 2008. A rep for the Weinstein Co., however, says that the 81-minute Filth is considered a short, making W.E. her first feature-length debut.) Written by the singer and Alek Keshishian (director of Madonna: Truth or Dare), W.E. tells the love story of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson spanning six decades. The film stars Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Natalie Dormer (The Tudors), and James D’Arcy (Secret Diary of a Call Girl).

W.E. is about the nature of true love, and the sacrifices and compromises that are often made,” Madonna said in a press release. “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 [Weinstein] and The Weinstein Company on this film.”

For his part, Weinstein teases that moviegoers should look forward to seeing what Madonna has to offer: “Madonna has really come into her own as a filmmaker with W.E. … 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.”

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  • chrys

    Lets hope it is better than her acting (apart from a couple of exceptions). This is also in fact her second movie that she has directed. She directed Filth and Wisdom 3 or so years ago.

  • D’s Advocate

    81 minutes does not classify as a short. You’d think a Weinstein rep would know that (or be able to come up with a better lie).

  • Ichi1

    Yeah Kate Ward…good to see the facts of your article are so spot on…..and by spot on I actually mean seemingly pulled from your behind. Her directorial debut? Methinks you do not know what the word “debut” means.

    • D’s Advocate

      ichi…. I’m sure that Kate knows the meaning of the word. Read the article more carefully.

  • Tubular

    Love the dress but wait; she has cleavage AND a torpedos? The bra is not working for her at all but the dress is killer.

  • Pj@gmail.om

    I think Madonna will shine as a director. People always complain about her acting but its the directors job to make an actor look good. Not all the acting is her fault she did great in Evita, A League of Their Own, The Next Best Thing, Dangerous Game, Whos That GIrl, Desperately Seeking Susan and even Swept Away despite the material she had to work with. If she had more control in those movies they would have been much better. Look at all her Music videos shes acting in them and no one ever complains. She is performing in videos and if the video happens to be a movie whats the difference they are both performances?

    • Stephen Hawking

      There’s a little thing called dialogue missing from those music vids. It’s not Maddie’s strong suit.

  • alfonso

    her first movie was indeed Filth and Wisdom, but it was intended as a short, but after first screenings it appeared so good that was re-shoot with added scenes for a feature lenght movie. if Technically is her second movie, in fact it doesn’t seem incorrect to say it’s her directorial debut.

  • Jon

    It’s amazing to me how people get hung up on the stupidest things. Who gives a f— if it’s technically her directorial debut or not? The thing that’s scary is that she co-wrote the movie with someone who only has one horrible screenwriting credit to his name (a forgettable film he also directed). Which probably means the script was a mess and needed a real writer to shape it. It’s only her second trip behind the camera; I’m not sure she had to bite off quite this much.

    • alfonso

      not hung up..only saying facts..apeaking about the co-writer, totally agree. But I’m, if not excited, really curious to see the results.

  • Lidia

    I’m excited to see the film. I know a few people who have seen bits and pieces of it and they are all raving about it. I wish Madonna and the movie much success.

  • Kiki

    Wait, so she made a movie about a King who was inept, spoiled and who supported the Nazis, no less,
    and his romance with a divorced American who may or may not have used some kinky bedroom antics to get control of that King. And, she’s making some sort of fantasy romance out of their connection, turning it into a dramatic love story for the ages!!?? What a GREAT IDEA!–eyeroll–

  • Serena Bramble

    “A rep for the Weinstein Co., however, says that the 81-minute Filth is considered a short…”

    Pffft. The Academy considers a short anything running at 40 minutes or less, and I think we can all agree that Harvey Weinstein abides and bends over backwards for Oscars.

  • Soldier

    Love Madonna. Can’t wait for the movie!

  • Hugh Beaumont

    Must make really talented filmmakers sick to read that a major distributor chooses crap like this just because he likes to party with the filmmaker.

    • banty

      Are you being serious? Weinstein is renown for his hard line tactics regarding films and distribution, he would never have bought the rights to the movie if he personally didn’t think it was any good, friend or not. That aside the other issue I have with your statement is just laughable because you assume the film is ‘crap’ based on what? have you seen it? and you also assume Madonna is untalented as a director, again have you seen this movie? being blinded by ignorance and hate for the woman is an obvious factor but whatever

      • Akasha

        Thank you for saying that. I hate when people make a conclusion based on the fact that it’s Madonna…The Weinstein company is behind all of Quentin Tarantino’s films and they are all wonderful movies. You said it best…No one would just back a movie because it’s Madonna, or because they are friends. A lot of time and money went into this movie that she has been working on since 2008…She knows the eyes of the world are on her and just the fact that it’s getting picked up by a reputable company and getting a US release date is a triumph in itself. People just want to see her fail because it’s rare for Madonna to fail.

    • Whatever

      He bought it because it’s a great PR stunt and her fans might lap it up, as usual. When has Madonna EVER done anything on film that was quality? If this is a good film, it will be fluke for her.
      And, the Weinsteins don’t always make great decisions. They did recently file for bankruptcy and I remember how much they supported Jennifer Aniston in Derailed and Rumor Has It. Both flops.

  • s26

    I hope This movie works for Natalie dormer´s
    This girl deserves to be a movie star
    she is a great actress, one of the most talented of the young generation and with huge screen prescence.
    to belive me what im saying you need to see The Tudors

  • hendrik

    Well she also directed a few commercials. There is much hate against Madonna, give the girl a break.

  • Meg

    Those who have seen it are raving about it and it’s getting a lot of positive buzz both from those in the know and those who saw the early screening. Some said it’s visually stunning.

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