Deal follows film's Sundance debut

Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights Monday to rookie writer-director Max Mayer’s “Adam” following the New York romance’s Sundance debut.

Hugh Dancy (“Savage Grace”) plays a man with Asperger syndrome who falls in love with his neighbor, played by Rose Byrne (“Damages”).

The specialty unit will open the film later this year.

“Adam” offers “deeply satisfying and romantic storytelling,” said Searchlight prexy Peter Rice. The film’s got “pitch-perfect performances” and marks “the discovery of a new American filmmaker.”

Searchlight made a modest offer on another romantic drama, Lone Scherfig’s “An Education,” but withdrew from the fray.

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