'Wrestler' interest high in Toronto

Possible suitors include Fox Searchlight, Overture

TORONTO -- Buyer interest in Darren Aronofsky's character drama "The Wrestler" reached a high pitch in the early hours of Monday morning at the Toronto International Film Festival, as seller CAA began to sift through bids from eager distributors.

Talk at the fest, particularly at a high-wattage afterparty on the rooftop of the city's Park Hyatt, centered on the shortlist of suitors, which some pegged as including Fox Searchlight and Overture.

Harvey Weinstein also made an extended appearance at the fete, fueling speculation that he too was interested in the pic.

It's possible a sale could happen in the wee hours of Monday, though negotiations could carry into the daylight hours.

The movie, starring a resurgent Mickey Rourke, garnered heavily enthusiastic responses at its Elgin premiere and seemed likely to become the first major sale of the fest.

Update: As of 10 am ET.

Negotiations continue between CAA and potential distribs, with the newly revived Senator thought to be joining Overture and Searchlight in the bid to pick up the film. A deal could come as early as Monday afternoon.
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