Ricky Gervais' 'Truth' acquired by Universal


UPDATED 5:24 p.m. PT April 10, 2008

Universal Pictures International has acquired all international distribution rights to the Ricky Gervais comedy "This Side of the Truth," from Media Rights Capital. Warner Bros. already has domestic distribution. The comedy is produced by Lynda Obst and Oly Obst. Dan Lin is executive producer.

"Truth" stars Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe and Louis C.K., and features an all-star comedy supporting cast. The movie marks Gervais' feature directing debut ad begins shooting April 14 in Boston. Gervais is writing and directing the film with Matthew Robinson.

The deal between MRC and Universal Pictures is the second in less than a year. Universal acquired Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno" from Media Rights Capital in early 2007 for distribution domestically and across English-speaking territories (including North America), as well as Germany and the Benelux territories.