Just hours before it was to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, MGM (with the fest's first notable buy) acquired all North American distribution rights to Rescue Dawn, written and directed by Werner Herzog. In the pic, Herzog (who seems to have a knack for telling survival stories) brings us the real-life story of Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), an American pilot whose plane was shot down during a top-secret mission in Viet Cong territory at the start of the Vietnam War.

After he's taken hostage, tortured and held in some sort of POW camp along with other captured prisoners, Dengler plans a daring escape, only to realize the jungles around them are just as dangerous. Steve Zahn and Jeremy Davies also star, with MGM planning a December 2006 theatrical release. For more on Rescue Dawn, stay tuned for Martha's TIFF review coming up later this week.