Sony Pictures Classics has taken North American, LatinAmerican, German and South African rights to Neil Jordan's latest film, BreakfastOn Pluto.

Breakfast On Pluto is Jordan's second adaptation ofa novel by Patrick McCabe following on from his award-winning 1997 effort, ButcherBoy.

Starring Irish trio Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea and BrendanGleeson as well as rock star Bryan Ferry, it is a ribald tale of a youngtransvestite prostitute from rural Ireland on the make in 1970s London. Glamrock, terrorism and romance are all thrown into the mix.

Pathe Pictures backed the film, along with The Irish FilmBoard (Board Scannan Na hEireann) and the Northern Ireland Film and TelevisionCommission. It was produced by Parallel Films in Ireland and Number 9 Films inthe UK.

Pathe Distribution will distribute the film in the UK andFrance and Pathe Pictures International handles worldwide sales.

The deal with Sony follows on from a pre-sale with Vertigofor Spain announced earlier this month.

Pathe's deputy managing director Cameron McCracken and headof Pathe Pictures International Alison Thompson, together with lawyer BobDarwell, negotiated on behalf of Pathe. Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, DylanLeiner and Diane Buck negotiated on behalf of Sony Pictures Classics.

"We have been pursuing Breakfast On Pluto fromthe moment we read it over three years ago. It is one of those rare scripts -bold and fresh and richly picaresque. We as a team have wanted to release aNeil Jordan movie ever since Company Of Wolves over 20 years ago."Sony Pictures Classics representatives said in a joint statement.