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Liddell Entertainment buys ‘Killer Joe’

William Friedkin crime drama stars McConaughey, Hirsch

Liddell Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to William Friedkin’s crime drama “Killer Joe” from Voltage Pictures.

Deal was announced Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival, a week after “Joe” had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Pic, starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, debuted in Toronto on Sunday evening.

Supporting cast includes Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and Juno Temple. The screenplay was written by Tracy Letts, on whose play the film is based.

Producers are Voltage topper Nicolas Chartier and Scott Einbinder of ANA Media Inc. Voltage Pictures, Christopher Woodrow’s Worldview Entertainment, and Picture Perfect Corp. financed.

Hirsch portrays a 22-year-old drug dealer who has his stash stolen by his mother and has to come up with $6,000 quick or he’s dead. Desperate, he turns to “Killer Joe” (McConaughey) when he finds out that his mother’s life insurance policy is worth $50,000.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Liddell Entertainment by Liddell, Chad Reineke and Michael Zelman with CAA, which helped arrange financing. Voltage handled foreign sales.

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