Magnolia Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to Christopher Bell's steroid abuse documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster*.

The film, which premiered at Sundance in January, explores the use of steroids among competitive sportsmen and women against the backdrop of America's win-at-all-costs culture.

The film features interviews with athletes whose careers have been touched by the steroid stigma, including Olympic sprinters Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson and baseball legend Barry Bonds. Alex Buono, Tamsin Rawady and Jim Czarnecki produced.

Magnolia plans a theatrical release later in the year, after which it will be broadcast on HDNet, Magnolia's sibling in the Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban fold.

'Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is a classic American story, and it will make audiences consider steroid use in a new light,' Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. 'I think this compelling and very funny film will stand out in the marketplace this year.'

Magnolia's senior vice president Tom Quinn, director of acquisitions Dori Begley and head of business affairs Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media, which represented the film-makers.