Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” under its Magnet Releasing genre arm. The dark comedy-thriller premiered earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and many have been anxiously waiting since then for a studio to step in and pick up the film for stateside distribution.
Starring Tom Hiddleston Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elizabeth Moss, the film shares its name with J.G. Ballard’s 1975 sci-fi novel and focuses on the class warfare that breaks out in a high-rise condo following a series of power outages. The movie’s chamber-piece setting and social commentary has drawn comparisons to “Snowpiercer.”
“Ben Wheatley is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today, constantly breaking down genre walls, and ‘High-Rise’ is no different,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Audiences will find this highly-entertaining and inventive thriller as exciting and relevant today as Ballard’s book was when it was released nearly forty years ago.”
“I’m very excited about working with Magnet again,” added Wheatley. “They have the brains and the balls to handle the crazy beast that is ‘High-Rise.'”
Magnet worked with Wheatley on his first film, “Down Terrace.” The deal was negotiated by Magnolia Senior VP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, with HanWay Films on behalf of the filmmakers.