BVT sells 'Invincible' rights to FX


FX has bought exclusive cable rights to the feature film "Invincible" from Buena Vista Television.

An FX spokesman confirmed the deal but declined comment on the terms of the agreement. Because of the Yom Kippur holiday, no one was available to confirm or deny at BVT.

Sources said the four-year deal will see FX pay 10%-12% of domestic boxoffice for the Buena Vista Pictures title, which has earned $56.3 million in North American theaters since its Aug. 25 release through this past weekend. The PG-rated "Invincible," based on a true story, stars Mark Wahlberg as regular guy-turned-football pro Vince Papale and Greg Kinnear as former Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil.

It's believed that FX will get the network window premiere of "Invincible" starting sometime in 2009, according to sources. Before that, pay TV rights to the movie will go to Starz under an output deal with BVT.

As part of the deal with FX, BVT also has reserved the right to carve out a window for a broadcast network within the cable network's license term, sources said.

FX is one of the most aggressive buyers of feature film rights among basic cable networks. It recently engineered deals to acquire exclusive cable rights to several 20th Century Fox titles, including "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown"; New Line Cinema's "Snakes on a Plane"; and Warner Bros. Pictures' "Superman Returns," among others.