Picturehouse and New Line International have acquired all rights to Francois Girard's romantic drama "Silk" starring Michael Pitt ("Last Days"), Keira Knightley ("Pride & Prejudice"), Koji Yakusho ("Memoirs of a Geisha") and Alfred Molina ("Spiderman II"), Bob Berney, president of Picturehouse, Rolf Mittweg, president and COO of New Line Worldwide Distribution and Marketing and Camela Galano, president of New Line International announced Thursday. Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, "Silk" is the story of Herve Joncour, a 19th century French silkworm merchant who travels to Japan and begins a clandestine and forbidden romance with a mysterious and sensual woman. The deal was brokered on behalf of Picturehouse by Carolyn Blackwood, SVP business Affairs, New Line and negotiated on behalf of the film by Stephen Saltzman of Loeb and Loeb. [Brian Brooks]