The Weinstein Company, Focus Features, Open Road and A24 were among a pack of buyers understood to be chasing US rights to Jake Gyllenhaal crime drama Nightcrawler on Friday evening.

According to sources, Fox Searchlight was also circling the project. Bids were in the $4m region for Bold Films’ story of a man who discovers the nocturnal world of LA freelance crime journalism.

CAA and WME Global jointly represent US rights and Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.

Meanwhile, XLrator Media has acquired US rights from eOne Séville International to comedic thriller The Mule.

Phase 4 Films has acquired North America on the Michelle Monaghan drama Fort Bliss.

A24 is understood to have picked up US rights to the Australian heist thriller Son Of A Gun starring Ewan McGregor.

Earlier in the week, Paramount reportedly paid a $20m MG for North American and Chinese rights to Story Of Your Life in a deal with FilmNation and WME Global. Denis Villeneuve will direct Amy Adams.