The Weinstein Company announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights from Butler Films to distribute The Butler
, directed by Academy Award nominated Lee Daniels (Precious
). A new photo has also debuted, which you can check out at the bottom of the page.
A Laura Ziskin Production, The Butler
is produced by Pamela Oas Williams, the late Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick and Cassian Elwes. Executive Producers include Hilary Shor and Adam Merims. It is co-produced by David Jacobson. The announcement was made today by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and COO David Glasser.
Comprising this award-winning cast are: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland
), Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple
), Mariah Carey (Precious
), John Cusack (The Paperboy
), Jane Fonda (On Golden Pond
), Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire
), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow
), Minka Kelly (The Roommate
), Lenny Kravitz (Precious
), Melissa Leo (The Fighter
), James Marsden (X-Men
), David Oyelowo (The Paperboy
), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike
), Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus
), Alan Rickman (the Harry Potter
films), Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine
), and Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting
Based on the screenplay by Danny Strong & Lee Daniels, The Butler
is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. From this unique vantage point, The Butler
traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.
“What moves me most about this man is his quiet nature, grace and unmatched perspective that comes from being in one place – a very powerful one – during what was arguably the period in American history that saw the most change,”
said Daniels, whose most recent film, The Paperboy
, premiered at the 2012 Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, and will also be featured in this fall's New York Film Festival.
Said Weinstein, “Lee tells stories in a way no one else does. What struck me most about this story is the perspective it comes from, which in this case is the butler- a man who was a fly on the wall for decades in the world’s most powerful home. It takes an unbelievable cast like the one that’s in place to do this story justice, and we are proud to be given the chance to share this story with the world.”
Added Williams, “This has been a passion project for all involved and we are thrilled to be able to see Laura Ziskin’s vision for this film realized and know it will be a lasting tribute to her incredible career.”
is financed by Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Media, Salloway Rubenstein Productions/Crystal City Entertainment, Earl W. Stafford, Starstream Films, Yogi Entertainment, and Inner Media Capital. Executive Producers are Michael Finley, Sheila C. Johnson, Brett Johnson, Matthew Salloway, Earl W. Stafford, Jordan Kessler, Liz Destro, R. Bryan Wright, and James T. Bruce IV. Co-Executive Producers are Charles Sauveur Bonan, Allen Frederic, Kim Leadford, Harry I. Martin, Jr., Ari Daniel Pinchot and Jonathan Rubenstein.
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(Photo Credit: Anne Marie Fox)