'Special' day for Magnolia with pickup


Magnolia Pictures' genre arm, Magnet Releasing, has picked up North American rights to the comedy "Special," starring Michael Rapaport as a man who becomes convinced he's a superhero.

Josh Peck ("The Wackness") and Paul Blackthorne also star in Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore's feature writing-directing debut.

Rapaport plays a comic book-obsessed meter maid who enters a clinical trial for a new drug that inhibits self-doubt. The resulting delusions lead him to a series of misadventures. Peck plays one of his buddies and Blackthorne plays a drug company executive.

"Special" premiered last month at Sundance. In addition to Rapaport's exposure on Fox's "The War at Home," an additional selling point is Peck's star turn in Sony Pictures Classics' "The Wackness." A late-summer release is planned.