Company picks up second and third chapters of cult trilogy

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Japanese cyberpunk pic “Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man” and the earlier “Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer” for distribution via its IFC Midnight platform for genre pics.

IFC plans an early 2011 release for the two entries in helmer Shinya Tsukamoto’s cult trilogy, each chapter of which follows a man who transforms into a human weapon.

“Bullet Man,” which had its premiere at Venice in 2009 and played at Tribeca this year, centers on a man who turns into a metal monster when he is enraged. Movie, which stars Eric Bossick, is the first English-language outing for Tsukamoto (“Tokyo Fist”). It came 17 years after the 1992 “Body Hammer,” in which a man’s transformation is sparked by experiments of a mad scientist.

IFC’s output under the IFC Midnight label is distributed via VOD with some titles also getting a day-and-date theatrical release — sometimes through a series of midnight screenings, as was the strategy with IFC’s “The Human Centipede.”

Jeff Deutchman of IFC negotiated the “Bullet Man” deal with Fionnuala Jamison of Coproduction Office and the “Body Hammer” pact with Kiyo Joo of Goldview.

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