Acquisitions: Once, Suns, Blood

“Fox Searchlight on Thursday acquired “Once,” one of the most buzzed-about pics at Sundance. Division reportedly acquired U.S. rights to the musical-themed Irish pic featuring the music and members of indie-rock band the Frames. Movie won the audience prize for World Drama and had been a crix fave since its bow in Park City…” (full details)

“Producer Scott Rudin and Columbia Pictures have acquired the screen rights to “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” the new novel by Khaled Hosseini (“The Kite Runner”). Novel, which will be published by Riverhead Press in May, is about the intimate friendship of two Muslim women through 10 years of marriage to the same man. The book is set against the backdrop of the war in Afghanistan…” (full details)

“Fortissimo Films has picked up worldwide sales rights outside Asia to “Blood Brothers,” a $10 million Chinese-language period drama produced by John Woo and Terence Chang. Directed by tyro Alexi Tan, “Blood Brothers” is in post-production for a planned August release across Asia. It’s the story of three young men making their way in the complex, corrupt society of 1930s Shanghai, each taking a different path in the face of criminal temptations…” (full details)