The Weinstein Company has picked up the US rights to Roald Dahl adaptation Esio Trot as it continues to pepper its TV slate with UK shows.
Harvey Weinstein’s firm has secured all rights except theatrical in the US for the Richard Curtis-penned 90-minute drama, which stars Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench and James Corden and will air this Christmas in the UK on BBC1.
The Weinstein Company has acquired the show from Red Arrow International, which represents the Endor Productions show.
Esio Trot, an adaptation of the children’s book written by Dahl in 1990, tells the story of a shy elderly man who harbours a secret passion for his neighbour while she lavishes all of her affection on her pet tortoise Alfie.
Red Arrow International senior vice president of North America Caroline Kusser struck the deal with The Weinstein Company’s president and managing director, Europe, production, acquisitions and TV, Robert Walak, evp of co-productions Negeen Yazdi and evp of business and legal affairs and acquisitions Michael Steinberg.
It is the latest UK production to be picked up by The Weinstein Company following deals for BBC and Lookout Point drama War and Peace, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy biopic Stan and Ollie, and Peaky Blinders.
“Roald Dahl is one of the most revered children’s authors in history, so needless to say we’re delighted to be on board with this project,” said Weinstein.
“Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will do a phenomenal job embodying his beloved, one-of-a-kind characters”.