Shochiku Co Ltd has taken Japanese rights to Endgame Entertainment's documentary Every Little Step which has its world premiere as a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept 6.

The company plans to release the film, which charts the Broadway musical A Chorus Line from idea to global phenomenon, on Oct 25 in Japan.

The deal was negotiated by William Morris Independent (WMi) co-head Rena Ronson who has worked closely on the project from the start alongside John Breglio, who controls the Chorus Line estate and underlying rights, to secure key elements and financing for the film.

WMi is handling the North American sale out of Toronto, with Fortissimo Films selling additional territories.

The film is co-directed and produced by Jim Stern, the head of Endgame Entertainment, and Adam Del Deo. Stern and Del Deo have previously collaborated on The Year Of The Yao and So Goes The Nation.

'We recently screened Every Little Step in Japan and were incredibly elated with the response,' said Shochiku's acquisitions manager Meri Koyama in a statement. 'The reaction from audiences shows that A Chorus Line is truly an enduring, universal work of art that continues to resonate all over the world. We look forward to bringing James and Adam's insightful film to Japan.'