Fox Searchlight picks up 'Crazy Heart'

Pic stars Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell

Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights to the Jeff Bridges starrer "Crazy Heart" for release in the spring.

Bridges plays an aging country singer in "Heart," which multihyphenate Scott Cooper adapted from Thomas Cobb's book of the same name while getting a first directing credit. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall co-star in the pic, which boasts an original soundtrack by T-Bone Burnett.

"Jeff Bridges delivers the performance of a lifetime," Searchlight co-toppers Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula said in announcing the acquisition Tuesday.