The Weinstein Co. just added two titles to the 2016 calendar. John Carney’s Sing Street, which recently made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, will begin its limited release on April 15. Sing Street follows a Dublin teenager during the 1980s who is trying to woo the cool girl by having her star in his band’s music videos. Only thing is, he doesn’t have a band.
In addition, Weinstein Co. will release wide Hands of Stone on Aug. 26, the Roberto Duran biopic the company acquired at Cannes. That weekend precedes the four-day Labor Day stretch. Hands of Stone will battle Open Road’s Max Steel, Lionsgate’s Jason Statham title Mechanic: Resurrection and Sony’s Fede Alvarez/Sam Raimi untitled horror film.
Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed Hands of Stone, a rags-to-riches drama that stars Edgar Ramirez as iconic fighter Duran, Robert De Niro as his mentor and trainer Ray Arcel, and Usher as his ring nemesis Sugar Ray Leonard. Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades, John Turturro and Ana de Armas also star. A Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50, Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard in June 1980, capturing the WBC welterweight title. However, Duran shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch. Duran was outclassed and pummeled by Leonard. This resulted in Duran saying “no mas,” turning his back on Leonard and quitting in the ring. The title Hands Of Stone came from Duran’s nickname. During the course of his career he saw 103 victories in 119 fights. Hands Of Stone is produced by Jay Weisleder, Carlos Garcia de Paredes, Claudine Jakubowicz and Jonathan Jakubowicz.