Lions Gate Films has acquired North American theatrical distribution rights to the wrestling documentary Beyond The Mat directed by Barry W Blaustein.

The film, which has been selected as one of the 12 semifinalists in the Best Documentary Academy Award Feature category, follows some of the wrestling world's most popular personalities. It was produced by Blaustein, Michael Rosenberg, Barry Bloom and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard of Imagine Entertainment.

Lions Gate will open Beyond The Mat in select cities on March 3.