Magnet Releasing, the genre banner of Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Korean director Kim Jeewoon's "I Saw the Devil" at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Magnet's Tom Quinn negotiated the deal with Youngjoo Suh from Finecut. Magnet will release the thriller in theaters in the first quarter of 2011.
In the film, "The Good, the Bad and the Weird"'s Lee Byung-hyun stars as Dae-hoon, a special agent whose pregnant wife becomes the latest victim of a disturbed and brutal serial killer, played by Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik. Vowing revenge, Dae-hoon blurs the lines between hunter and hunted and good and evil, eventually becoming a monster himself in his twisted pursuit of revenge.
"'I Saw the Devil' is one of the most riveting and unrelenting films I've ever seen. It is an undisputable masterpiece," commented Magnet SVP Tom Quinn in a statement. "Unparalleled in it's brutality, Kim Jeewoon deftly takes the serial killer thriller to new, profoundly disturbing heights. It's hard to imagine curating a genre label that didn't include this remarkable achievement."