It's already been noted that, after its immensely successful premier at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival – a debut that was met with a standing ovation and lots of applause at its end, for both the film and the director – several distribution comapnies have been circling the film with great interest.

It was just announced that Fox Searchlight is emerging to be the company with the most attractive proposal, whatever that is, and is in "active talks" to acquire Ben Zeitlin's feature film debut, the beautiful, whimsical and tragic Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Variety reports that no deal is yet in place, but multiple sources privvy to the negotiations say that Fox Searchlight is fully committed to "bagging" the film by any means necessary, and will close on a deal soon.

Other companies that were in the mix include Sony Pictures Classics, Focus Features, and The Weinstein Company. 

So let's see how this all shakes out; I suppose an announcement will come sooner than later; unless talks with Fox Searchlight fall apart for whatever reason.

I've seen the film, and reviewed it. You can read my thoughts HERE.