Fox Searchlight to release post-9/11 drama on Sept. 30

After years of delay, Kenneth Lonergan’s post-9/11 drama “Margaret,” from Fox Searchlight, will hit theaters on Sept. 30.

Filming for “Margaret,” about a teen (Anna Paquin) involved in a fatal traffic accident, wrapped in 2005, but the pic was caught in a legal battle after helmer-scribe Lonergan struggled to deliver a manageable edit. Martin Scorsese eventually came on board to help Lonergan finish the editing process.

“Margaret,” which also stars Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick, marks Lonergan’s second film after 2000’s “You Can Count on Me.”

Pic is produced by Scott Rudin, Gary Gilbert and the late Sydney Pollack.

Searchlight plans a limited release in the U.S. for the film, with two other 2011 year-end releases on its plate: Sundance pick-up “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” which bows Oct. 21, followed by Alexander Payne’s George Clooney family drama “The Descendents,” set for release on Nov. 23.

“Margaret” launches along side fellow specialty pics, including Michael Shannon-starrer “Take Shelter,” from Sony Pictures Classics, and Sony’s faith-based police drama “Courageous.”

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