Fox Searchlight acquires ‘Surrogate’

Deal is estimated at $6 million

Fox Searchlight has closed an estimated $6 million deal to acquire worldwide rights to “The Surrogate,” a drama starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.

Veteran helmer Ben Lewin wrote and directed the film, which Rhino Films CEO Stephen Nemeth produced with Judi Levine of Such Much Films.

CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Hawkes, the Oscar-nominated star of “Winter’s Bone” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” stars as a disabled man with an iron lung who hires a sex surrogate (Hunt) to take his virginity.

Fox Searchlight, which acquired last year’s hot Sundance title “Martha Marcy,” is expected to close a deal to acquire Benh Zeitlin’s acclaimed “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” as Variety first reported on Sunday night.