The Weinstein Company Picks Up Diane Keaton’s ‘Hampstead’

Independent distributor acquired U.S. and Canada rights to film based on a true story

The Weinstein Company has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to “Hampstead,” a drama starring Diane Keaton as an American widow in London.

Keaton plays Emily Walters, who has been living on the edge of London’s Hampstead Heath, when one day she sees a group of hooligans attacking a man who lives in a ramshackle dwelling in the massive park. The following day, Walters goes out in search of the man, whose home is now the target of aggressive real estate developers. The film also features Brendan Gleeson and James Norton.

Joel Hopkins directed the movie and Robert Festinger wrote the screenplay. “Hampstead” was produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae at Ecosse Films.

TWC acquired the film based on a short promo reel. Motion Picture Capital and Silver Reel financed the movie, while Cornerstone Films handled the sale. The deal negotiated by David Glasser, Talia Houminer, Negeen Yazdi and Jennifer Malloy for TWC with Mark Gooder and Alison Thompson on behalf of Cornerstone Film and Laure Vaysse and Craig Emanuel for Motion Picture Capital.

“We’re thrilled to work with Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae and the incredible Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson on this film,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “‘Hampstead’ is a great example of the power we all can have when we stand up for our beliefs and fight for the people and things we care most about, something that is especially important these days.”

“We’re delighted to have TWC on board as our North American partner,” Gooder and Thompson of Cornerstone Films said in the statement. “Their long-standing passion for this project and indisputable track record with female-driven crowd-pleasing films makes TWC the perfect home for ‘Hampstead.'”

“We are delighted to be collaborating with The Weinstein Company on ‘Hampstead,'” producers Bernstein and Rae said in the statement. “We feel they have the right sensibility and passion for the film.”