Fox Searchlight nuts about ‘Crazy’

Distrib gets worldwide rights to the indie drama

Fox Searchlight has fallen for “Crazy Heart.”

The distrib paid a low seven-figure minimum guarantee for worldwide rights to the indie drama, set for release in the spring. Searchlight has been one of the few studio specialty arms that continues to actively acquire finished films.

Pic stars Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall.

It is thesp Scott Cooper’s helming debut. Cooper also penned the script based on an eponymous novel by Thomas Cobb. Story concerns an aging country singer (Bridges) who finds inspiration through his relationship with a reporter (Gyllenhaal) while dealing with the rise of his younger protege (Farrell). Duvall plays a mentor to Bridges’ character.

T Bone Burnett (“Walk the Line”) created the original music for the film.

Viacom’s Country Music Television cabler is also in the financing mix.

Producers are Informant Media’s Judy Cairo, Cooper, Duvall, Burnett and Butchers Run’s Rob Carliner.

Cooper and Duvall both appear in indie “Get Low,” which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Project was packaged and sold by ICM, which also assembled the financing.

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