Image Entertainment has acquired football drama ”All Things Fall Apart,” starring Curtis ”50 Cent” Jackson, Ray Liotta, Mario Van Peebles and Lynn Whitfield, with Van Peebles directing.

The deal was announced Friday. Image said the acquisition was finalized shortly before the beginning of the Toronto International Film Festival.

”All Things Fall Apart” is slated for an early 2012 theatrical release with home entertainment, VOD, digital and broadcast to follow under the company’s One Village label.

Jackson portrays a football star in a health crisis when he is diagnosed with a tumor only inches from his heart.

”50 lost so much weight I started calling him 25 Cent,” said Van Peebles. ”But what impressed me was his willingness to evolve past his rap persona and totally commit to his first dramatic lead without relying on guns.”

”All Things Fall Apart” is produced by Jackson and Randall Emmett of Cheetah Vision Films. Patricia Eberle, Rionda Del Castro, Anthony Gudas, and Michael Corso are the executive producers. All Things Fall Apart marks Hannibal Pictures’ third collaboration with Cheetah Vision Films. Their previous film together, following ”Gun,” co-starring Val Kilmer, and ”Setup,” co-starring Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe.

Image Entertainment’s Bill Bromiley and Brett Dismuke, along with Hannibal Pictures’ Richard Rionda Del Castro, were central in finalizing the domestic deal. Martin J. Barab of Hamrick and Evans, LLP acted as legal counsel in the deal for Hannibal Pictures, the film’s worldwide sales agent.