Acquisitions: Play, Go, Beginners, Rare

Distribution deals flew thick and fast during the final few days of the Toronto Film Festival and Deadline has posted updates on most of them.

Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Mitch Glazer-directed drama “Passion Play” starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray. Rourke plays an L.A. jazz trumpeter in the 50’s who goes on the lam and meets a winged girl (Fox) at a Mexican carnival.

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired Dan Rush’s drama “Everything Must Go” starring Will Ferrell as a recovering alcoholic determined to start life anew.

Focus Features has acquired distribution rights to Mike Mills’ “Beginners” starring Ewan McGregor as a man in relationship strife. A late spring release is expected.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up North American rights to Jalmari Helander’s evil Santa story “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” and Kelly Reichardt’s Western drama “Meek’s Cutoff”. The former will score a release around Christmas, the latter will hit sometime next year.

Finally, IFC Films has scored domestic distribution rights for Barry W. Blaustein’s “Peep World”. Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson and more star in the story of four siblings who gather for their dad’s 70th birthday where a recently published novel exposes much of their secrets.