Despite some rumored bickering when it came to The Master‘s disappointing grosses, it looks like Harvey Weinstein and Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison are playing nice. The duo have teamed up once again, as The Weinstein Company revealed to Deadline it has acquired Wong Kar-Wai‘s The Grandmaster for a US release, as well as some Canadian territories, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
The film, which follows the story of Ip Man (Tony Leung), has garnered over $50 million while in release in China, marking a personal record for the Chungking Express director. Partially funded by Ellison, the film is currently showing at Berlin Film Festival, but the question as to when The Weinstein Company will release it elsewhere is still up in the air.
They still have yet to date Lee Daniels‘ The Butler, as well as Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, James Gray‘s Lowlife and the prestige drama August: Osage County, not to mention the Sundance hit Fruitvale. Hopefully they’ll begin slotting these releases for the upcoming year soon, and with The Grandmaster already out in other countries, let’s pray it doesn’t take until the fall to hit screens elsewhere.
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