A romantic drama directed by Madonna is heading to U.S. theaters
For all her music success, Madonna's efforts as a film director -– a documentary about Malawi and a romantic comedy titled "Filth and Wisdom" -- have been more niche, getting only token releases in the United States.
The independently made film, which Madonna wrote with her "Truth or Dare" collaborator Alek Keshishian, cuts between a relatively contemporary lonely woman in New York named Wally (Abbie Cornish) and the early 20th century romance with which she’s obsessed, that of Britain's King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough). As Wally gets further immersed in studying the historical romance, she finds it was not as neat or as glamorous as it appears to be.
In announcing the deal Monday, Harvey Weinstein said that "Madonna has really come into her own as a filmmaker with 'W.E.'" He added, "It's a terrific addition to our U.S. release slate." The company says it is planning a 2011 release but did not offer further details; its release slate is relatively packed for the remainder of the year.
Madonna said in a statement that "'W.E.' is about the nature of true love, and the sacrifices and compromises that are often made." Despite the partial period setting, Weinstein added that the film's take was "smart, sexy and thoroughly modern."
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Photo: Madonna at a Metropolitan Museum of Art gala in New York in May. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images