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IFC acquires ‘Brighton Rock’

Rowan Joffe thriller stars Sam Riley, Helen Mirren

IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Rowan Joffe’s thriller “Brighton Rock,” with a cast that includes Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, John Hurt and Helen Mirren.

Based on the 1939 Graham Greene novel, pic is the directorial debut of Joffe, whose work as a screenwriter includes “28 Days Later” and “The American.” Storyline centers on a young man (Riley) looking to become a player in organized crime and a waitress in possession of incriminating evidence.

Paul Webster (“Atonement,” “Eastern Promises”) produces with co-producer Paul Ritchie (“Slumdog Millionaire”), while Jenny Borgars, Will Clarke and Lamie Laurenson are on board as exec producers. Projects, produced in association with the BBC and UKFC, is financed by Studio Canal and will be released in the U.K. by Studio Canal’s company Optimum.

IFC plans to release “Brighton Rock” in the U.S. this summer.

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