William Friedkin’s “Killer Joe,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Liddell Entertainment out of Toronto. The film’s received good notices in both Toronto and Venice, where it had its world premiere.
Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Tracy Letts (on whose play the thriller is based), “Killer Joe” also stars Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and Juno Temple.
indieWIRE profiled the film back when it was being made. Go here to read iW’s report from the set.
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LIDDELL ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS FROM VOLTAGE PICTURES TO WILLIAM FRIEDKIN’S BLACK COMEDY ‘KILLER JOE’
TORONTO (September 13, 2011) — Liddell Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights from Voltage Pictures to KILLER JOE, directed by Academy Award®-winning director William Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, with a supporting cast that includes Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and Juno Temple. The screenplay was written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Tracy Letts, on whose play the film is based. KILLER JOE garnered widespread praise at the Venice Film Festival, where it made its world premiere earlier this month, and debuted to North American audiences Sunday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was produced by Academy Award®-winner Nicolas Chartier and Scott Einbinder of ANA Media, Inc., with Voltage Pictures, Christopher Woodrow’s Worldview Entertainment and Picture Perfect Corporation providing financing.
When 22-year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he’s dead. Desperate, he turns to “Killer Joe” (McConaughey) when he finds out that his mother’s life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris’ attractive younger sister, Dottie (Temple), who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in…if it ever does.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Liddell Entertainment by Liddell, Chad Reineke and Michael Zelman, with CAA, which helped arrange financing for the project. Voltage handled the film’s foreign sales.