Kenneth Branagh directing 1936 Olympic crew team biopic

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 4th, 2011

While he may have dabbled in the world of big budget blockbusters, it appears as though director Kenneth Branagh has found a much smaller project to follow up with.

With THOR just a few months out from its release, Variety is reporting that Branagh is attached to helm an adaptation of a novel penned by Daniel James Brown, entitled The Boys in the Boat. Deadline has revealed that the film has been picked up by The Weinstein Company after a relatively busy and intense bidding period, and it looks as though this is being fast tracked.

The book will follow (it is at this point a 17-page proposal) the story of the 1936 U.S. Olympic crew team, who ultimately beat Hitler’s German team. This joins the film ITALIAN SHOES as one currently on the slate for the beloved filmmaker, and definitely marks an interesting shift for him.

Personally, I definitely like this choice for Branagh. He’s a massively talented filmmaker, and one that could do really well within a picture like this. It’s a compelling narrative, and don’t be shocked if the Weinsteins give this project the backing of a KING’S SPEECH, in many more ways than one.

What do you think?

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