EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company has preemptively acquired screen rights to The Boys in the Boat, a nonfiction book by Daniel James Brown about the University of Washington 8-man rowing team that bested the elite schools like Harvard and Yale to represent the United States in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. There, they beat powerhouses England and Germany to win the Gold Medal, prompting Hitler to storm off in disgust. WME made the deal based on a 17-page proposal, and the agency is hot and heavy with several publishing houses for book rights. I’ve heard that Viking and Random House were among those into the bidding last night, which at the time reached $750,000 for North American rights.