The distributor closed the deal today [21] in Park City, taking all US rights to the comedy-drama starring Rhys Ifans.

MPI Media Group plans a spring release on the biopic, which also stars Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis. Bernard Rose directed and adapted Mark’s memoirs. Luc Roeg produced.

MPI Media Group evp Greg Newman negotiated the deal with Independent’s head of sales Abigail Walsh.

Mr Nice opened in the UK last October through Contender.