Pic preemed Saturday at SXSW fest

IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights for Brit helmer Ben Wheatley’s “Kill List,” which world preemed Saturday night at the South By Southwest festival’s SX Fantastic midnight program, it was announced Monday night.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior vice-president of acquisitions & productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Ben Roberts, CEO of Protagonist Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Kill List” is a Warp X/Rook Film production for the UK Film Council and Film4 in association with Screen Yorkshire and was produced by Claire Jones and Andy Starke, with Barry Ryan co-producing for Warp X.

Pic was written by Wheatley (“Down Terrace”) and Amy Jump and stars Neil Maskell as a mentally scarred ex-soldier turned contract killer pressured by his partner (Michael Smiley) to take on an increasingly disturbing new assignment.

“‘Kill List’ is is a relentless, stylish, brilliantly directed journey into darkness that confirms Ben Wheatley as a major director,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “This is a film destined to be discussed for years and we are honored to begin the conversation with audiences across the country.”

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