By Dana Harris | Indiewire March 15, 2011 at 5:4AM
IFC Midnight has picked up North American rights to SXSW Film Festival's SXFantastic title "Kill List."
Directed by Ben Wheatley and written by Wheatley and Amy Jump, "Kill List" stars Neil Maskell as a soldier-turned-contract killer who is pressured to take a new assignment that sends him into a heart of darkness. (Read the indieWIRE review here.)
Wheatley's feature debut, "Down Terrace," won numerous awards including Best Feature at Fantastic Fest, Raindance and Boston.
Producers are Claire Jones and Andy Starke. Barry Ryan co-produced the film for Warp X. "Kill List" is a Warp X/Rook Film production for the UK Film Council and Film4 in association with Screen Yorkshire.
Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "Our team was blown away by KILL LIST. It is a relentless, stylish, brilliantly directed journey into darkness that confirms Ben Wheatley as a major director. This is a film that is destined to be discussed for years and we are honored to begin the conversation with audiences across the country. We are happy to be working with our friends at Protagonist, Warp X and Film4 once again."
The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior VP acquisitions & productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Ben Roberts, CEO of Protagonist Pictures, on behalf of the filmmakers.