Fox Searchlight Pictures President Peter Rice today announced that the company has acquired domestic and some international rights to Trust the Man, a romantic comedy written and directed by Bart Freundlich and produced by Tim Perell of Process Productions and Sidney Kimmel of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

The film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, September 12, is a sophisticated comedy about the challenges of love and marriage among modern day New Yorkers. Written and directed by Freundlich, Trust the Man stars Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal with Eva Mendes, Ellen Barkin, James LeGros and Garry Shandling. Paul F. Bernard and Meredith Zamsky are associate producers. The film was line produced by Pamela Hirsch, shot by Director of Photography Tim Orr and cut by Editor John Gilroy.

Fox Searchlight's licensed territories shall consist of North America, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Benelux, China, Columbia, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Said Fox Searchlight Pictures President Peter Rice: "Our entire company was instantly enamored with this incredibly charming romantic comedy. Trust the Man is witty, irreverent and wonderfully relatable thanks to Bart Freundlich's crisp writing, pointed direction and amazing ensemble cast."

Said Jim Tauber, President of Production for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment: "I am thrilled with Bart Freundlich's work on Trust the Man as well as the film's reception in Toronto. I couldn't be more pleased about our domestic distribution deal with Fox Searchlight and have the utmost confidence and trust in their entire team."

Said Sidney Kimmel, Founder and Chairman of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment: "The Fox Searchlight acquisition of Trust the Man marks an exciting turning point for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. With the leadership of Jim Tauber and Bill Horberg, we have achieved much in a short period of time. I am delighted by our relationship with Fox Searchlight and appreciate the Toronto International Film Festival's support of our projects."

The deal was negotiated by Fox Searchlight Pictures Executive Vice President Joseph De Marco and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions Tony Safford with Jim Tauber, President of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and Rick Hess of CAA. The executive on the picture will be Executive Vice President Production Claudia Lewis.

Fox Searchlight plans to release the film in 2006.