Anne Thompson is reporting that Fox Searchlight acquired U.S. rights to Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler for about $4 million. Lionsgate, Overture, Weinstein Co. and Sony were also said to be in the running. I’m just extremely happy that Sony Pictures Classics or TWC didn’t win the bid. The deal was finally closed at about 11 a.m. Monday. Searchlight is the best possible company to market this film for sure.
Apparently a huge oscar campaign for Mickey Rourke is part of the package. I’m guessing this probably means the film will hit theaters in late December to qualify, although an official announcement is forthcoming.