Medieval pic slated for release in early 2001

Magnet Releasing makes it a hat-trick this week, scoring U.S. rights to Christopher Smith’s “Black Death,” the third film to seal a distribution deal with Magnet this week.

Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne star in the medieval period piece, centering on a Church emissary (Bean) who leads a monk (Redmayne) and a band of violent men across the countryside, aiming to snuff out paganism with a collection of gruesome torture devices.

Pic recently played Screamfest in L.A., where the film snagged a handful of kudos.

Magnet previously released Smith’s 2006 horror-comedy “Severence.” Magnet’s Tom Quinn negotiated the deal for “Black Death” with HanWay Film’s Tim Haslam.

Magnet, the genre division of Magnolia Pictures, aims to give “Black Death” a theatrical release in the first quarter of 2011. Recent pickups for Magnet include “The Troll Hunter” and “Vanishing on 7th Street,” both acquired this week, as well as “13 Assassins” and “I Saw the Devil,” among others.

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