Is Parnassus close to a distribution deal?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group is in advanced talks to pick up The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, with plans for it to go out theatrically, likely this year, via Sony Pictures Classics, Variety reported.

The means that Heath Ledger's final performance will finally get a release.

Here's what the trade paper reported;

Pic is expected to be a lucrative homevideo title due to the Ledger angle and the other star power. Terry Gilliam's adventure also features Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell, who replaced Ledger in various fantasy scenes after the thesp died during the film's production in January 2008.

Parnassus was officially unveiled at Cannes this year in an out-of-competition slot toward the end of the festival. Several buyers screened the film just before Cannes, but a deal didn't immediately emerge.

The Parnassus deal with Sony could be made official this week.