By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 16, 2010 at 6:31AM
Lionsgate has confirmed that John Cameron Mitchell's Toronto premiere "Rabbit Hole" has been acquired by the distributor for North American release later this year. That means "Hole" will factor in to this year's awards season, with performances from the likes of Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest all strong contenders for Oscar nominations.
Adapted from David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Rabbit Hole" stars Kidman and Eckhart as parents coping with the recent death of their four-year old son. The film has won significant acclaim in the days since it premiered in Toronto, currently averaging a rare "A" level grade on criticWIRE.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be working with the distributor that brought us 'Precious,' 'Monster's Ball' and 'Crash,'" Mitchell told indieWIRE today. "To have their expertise a bringing small yet commercial family dramas to the marketplace and the fact that it will be a priority project for them is a heaven-sent gift this late in the season."
It is the second big deal in two days for Lionsgate, which partnered with Roadside Attractions for the U.S. rights on the Robert Redford-directed 'The Conspirator' yesterday morning.