Sony Pictures to acquire 'Every Little Step'

Documentary about 'A Chorus Line' premiered in Toronto

NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics is about to acquire "Every Little Step," the Endgame Entertainment doc about "A Chorus Line" that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The company is in final negotiations to acquire North American and Australian rights for a price in the mid-high six figures.

Despite the barren market for docs, a number of distributors were keenly interested in the film. Endgame's Adam Del Deo and Jim Stern co-directed the pic, which looks at a set of actors auditioning for the revival of the popular Broadway show several years ago. Senator, Roadside Attractions and Miramax were among those who were circling the pic earlier in the fest.

The project, which began life as a potential nonscripted television show, was packaged by William Morris Independent, which repped the filmmakers. HBO had shown early interest in doing the project as a special, but John Breglio, attorney to Michael Bennett's estate and exec producer of the doc, is said to have nixed the idea.

The purchase would mark the first by SPC at Toronto but continues an intense fest-buying streak that began at Sundance last year.