by: Madison Barnes
The Weinstein Company has just bought the rights to LA LIBERTE C’EST MON PLAISIR the war time drama of a French aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur. The book was written Robert de la Rochefoucauld, and recounts his harrowing experiences during WWII, as he narrowly escaped execution amidst special operations in France.
The title, which in English means “Freedom is my pleasure” follows de la Rochefoucauld as he joins the British Special Operation Executive and is trained in every manner of the dark arts before being sent back to France to help organize the resistance. He recounts blowing up train stations, munitions factories, and enduring months of torture before escaping his execution.
This story seems right at home at the Weinstein Company, as they are masters at taking story-driven, “independent” style movies and bringing them to mass audiences. The hunt begins for a writer to adapt the book, and a director help bring their vision to life.
The Weinstein Company currently has “The Giver,” “St. Vincent” and “Paddington” awaiting release, and “Artemis Fowl,” “Chef,” and “The Seven Samurai” (among others) in development. Stay glued to the Tracking Board for all the updates related to the project!