Full acquisition release follows:
IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to THE SAMARITAN, starring Academy Award(R) nominated Samuel L. Jackson, produced by Andras Hamori and directed by David Weaver from a screenplay by Weaver and Elan Mastai. THE SAMARITAN also stars Luke Kirby (TAKE THIS WALTZ), Ruth Negga (LOVE/HATE) and Oscar nominated Tom Wilkinson (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL).
After twenty-five years in prison, Foley (Jackson) is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan's web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.
THE SAMARITAN was produced with the participation of Telefim Canada, OMDC and the Harold Greenberg Fund. Producers are Hamori and Weaver with Suzanne Cheriton and Tony Wosk, Executive producers are Mark Musselman with Lacia Kornylo, Mark Horowitz, Jackson, Eli Selden, Geoffrey Brant, James Atherton and Jan Pace.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "We're very excited to be working with Samuel L. Jackson and director David Weaver on this neo-noir, high-stakes thriller with a twist no one will see coming. We're sure it will electrify audiences everywhere."
"We are looking forward to our collaboration with IFC Films on THE SAMARITAN. IFC is known for edgy, independent yet commercial movies: the ideal home for our film," commented Weaver and Hamori.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Maren Olson and Doug Stone at Traction Media and Mark Horowitz on behalf of H2O Motion Pictures and Quickfire Fims.
H2O Motion Pictures sells foreign rights to the movie, which was so far sold to eOne in Canada, ARD/Degeto in Germany, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Ascot Elite in Switzerland, Video Vision in South Africa, Pris in Portugal, Frontrow in the Middle East, Audiovisual in Greece and Prorom in Romania.