Fox Searchlight Pictures Acquires “Crazy Heart”

Specialty Arm Acquires Worldwide Rights

LOS ANGELES (RPRN) 7/23/2009–-Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to the moving drama CRAZY HEART.  Written and directed by Scott Cooper and adapted from Thomas Cobb’s book of the same name, CRAZY HEART stars Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall with an original soundtrack by T Bone Burnett.  The film was produced by Informant Media’s Judy Cairo, Scott Cooper, T Bone Burnett and Butchers Run’s Rob Carliner and Robert Duvall.  The film is scheduled to be released in Spring 2010.

“Jeff Bridges delivers the performance of a lifetime and the entire cast is fantastic in Scott Cooper’s powerful film,” said Utley and Gilula.  “We are thrilled to be bringing this film to audiences everywhere.”

“Being acquired by Fox Searchlight is the highlight of my professional career. Their illustrious release record speaks for itself,” says Cooper. “I’m thrilled to be working with Nancy, Steve, and Claudia, and I’m elated CRAZY HEART has found such a special home.”

CRAZY HEART stars Jeff Bridges as an aging country music legend wrestling with his loss of fame at the hands of younger protégé.  Struggling to make ends meet playing one small gig to the next in the twilight of his career, he finds unlikely inspiration in a small town reporter (Gyllenhaal) and her young son.

The deal was brokered on Fox Searchlight’s side by Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford and Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien.  ICM arranged financing on the project and acted as the worldwide sales agent.  ICM represents Duvall, Cooper, Carliner and Butchers Run.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures.  It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox.  Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.

For more information contact:

Russell Nelson, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 310-369-4432

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