The newspaper, citing sources it did not name, said the movie rental chain could not agree with its creditors on a plan to get cash to help it exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Journal says a bidder could offer more than $300 million for the chain plus assuming debt and leases.
Blockbuster and its lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment. The chain filed for bankruptcy protection in September and said it would continue to operate its 3,300 stores.
Creditors including activist investor Carl Icahn and a group led by hedge fund Monarch Alternative Capital LP could vie to buy the chain out of bankruptcy, the Journal reported.
Once the dominant U.S. movie rental chain, the Dallas company lost money for years as Netflix Inc., video on demand and DVD rental kiosks stole business.