According to Variety, In his first acquisition as Miramax prexy, Daniel Battsek orchestrated a deal to acquire North American rights to girls' basketball docu The Heart of the Game, being sold by Cinetic Media at the Toronto Film Festival.
The deal was quietly struck as fest wound down, lacking any of the drama that erupted early in the week when Paramount Classics lost out to Fox Searchlight in its handshake bid to acquire "Thank You for Smoking."
Miramax was said to have paid in the neighborhood of $1 million.
Heart of the Game, directed and penned by Ward Serrill, tells the story of Seattle's rowdy Roosevelt Roughriders high-school basketball team and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play.
"It's a perfect title for the Miramax label, and I believe that audiences everywhere will respond with the same enthusiasm as they did at the world premiere in Toronto," Battsek said.