IFC gets ‘Killer’ instinct at Sundance

Controversial Winterbottom film finds U.S. home

In the early hours of Saturday morning, another Sundance sale closed.

U.S. rights to Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” sold to IFC Films for around $1.5 million.

Casey Affleck stars as a murderous small-town Texas sheriff, along with Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Simon Baker, Bill Pullman, Ned Beatty and Elias Koteas.

Based on Jim Thompson’s pulp novel and scripted by John Curran, film sparked some controversy at Sundance due to its explicit violent, sexual content.

But IFC has a proven appetite for controversial fare, such as its 2009 Cannes pickup of Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist.”

Producers are Winterbottom’s longtime collaborator Andrew Eaton and Muse’s Chris Hanley and Brad Schlei.

Dealmakers included IFC’s acquisitions head Arianna Bocco, WME Global topper Graham Taylor and Wild Bunch’s Carole Baraton.

IFC Films is set to release the film in late summer through its theatrical and VOD platforms.