Distributor takes rights to Jackson thriller

IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to upcoming Samuel L. Jackson topliner “The Samaritan.”

Helmed by David Weaver, who co-wrote the script with Elan Mastai, the thriller centers on an ex-con (Jackson) whose efforts to clean up his life are sidetracked by a scheme suggested by the son of his former partner. Cast also includes Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga and Tom Wilkinson.

Andras Hamori and Weaver produced with Suzanne Cheriton and Tony Wosk; Jackson, Mark Musselman, Lacia Kornylo, Mark Horowitz, Eli Selden, Geoffrey Brant, James Atherton and Jan Pace were exec producers. Telefilm Canada, OMDC and the Harold Greenberg Fund also backed the project.

Arianna Bocco of Sundance Selects/IFC Films inked the distribution deal with Maren Olson and Doug Stone, both of Traction Media, and Horowitz for H2O Motion Pictures and Quickfire Films.

“Samaritan” joins a slate of upcoming IFC Films releases that includes “Loosies” and “Something in the Air.”

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