BREAKING! “Shame” Acquired By Fox Searchlight

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:

The controversial “Shame”, directed by Steve McQueen, in a follow up to his 2008 breakthrough film, “Hunger”, is likely to receive an NC-17 from the MPAA, or see an Unrated release.  Regardless, this highly controversial and equally as anticipated drama starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan could emerge as a player in the Oscar race.  Certainly Fox Searchlight believes in it…

Fox Searchlight has emerged as the buyer of director Steve McQueen‘s sex-filled drama Shame.

The picture, which stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, features graphic sex and some gore. It will almost certainly be rated NC-17, meaning Searchlight will have a tough marketing task on its hands.

The buy is the first big aquisition of the fall festival season. Despite the graphic nature of the movie, there were other bidders in the mix, including the Weinstein Co. and Oscilloscope.

The drama, featuring Fassbender as a depressed man addicted to sex, played at Venice and Telluride and had buyers buzzing about his awards-worthy performance.