IFC Entertainment has acquired North American theatrical and television rights from Sony BMG Music Entertainment to Julien Temple's documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten.

The film launched at Sundance and chronicles Strummer's life from diplomatic corps brat to influential band leader of The Clash and The Mescaleros, before his death from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect in 2002 at the age of 50.

The film will roll out through IFC's day-and-date distribution platform IFC First Take.

'Julien Temple has created compelling work which provides a rare glimpse into one of rock and roll's most influential and provocative figures,' IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring said.

'Julien's documentary reveals a flawed, idealistic man who many only know as the lead singer of one of the most influential bands in rock and roll.'

'We consider it a privilege to be associated with this terrific film about this remarkable man and artist,' Adam Block, senior vice president, general manager for Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Legacy Recordings, which is releasing the soundtrack and DVD, said.

Sehring and IFC's vice president of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco negotiated the sale with Cinetic Media on behalf of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.