After a year of waiting, the Jim Carrey-Ewan McGregor film I Love You Phillip Morris is finally heading to theaters. Over the past 12 months it’s had more than its fair share of obstacles because of its so-called “controversial” content. The release date kept getting pushed back and it couldn’t find a U.S. distributor — until now. Roadside Attractions have stepped in and saved the day and film will now debut in theaters this December.

I Love You Phillip Morris centers on a married con man (Carrey) who’s also a devout Christian and an organ player. His life is turned upside down when he lands in jail and falls in love with his cell-mate Phillip Morris, who’s played by McGregor.

According to a press release that was just sent out:

Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired U.S. and Canadian rights from EuropaCorp to I LOVE YOU PHIILLIP MORRIS, co-directed and co-written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (co-writers of BAD SANTA), based on the non-fiction book by former Houston Chronicle investigative reporter Steve McVicker, and starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann and Rodrigo Santoro.

The eagerly-anticipated film, produced by Andrew Lazar and Far Shariat with Luc Besson as executive producer, has been a buzz-worthy title since world premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, screening as part of Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and opening to huge critical-acclaim internationally. The North American deal was announced jointly by Howard Cohen, Co-President of Roadside Attractions and Mickey Liddell of Liddell Entertainment. Roadside Attractions plans a December 3, 2010 release.

Are you interested in seeing I Love You Phillip Morris?