IFC Buys Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ ‘London Town’ (EXCLUSIVE)

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Derrick Borte’s “London Town,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer, the frontman for the influential punk band The Clash.

IFC made the announcement Friday afternoon, shortly before the world premiere of “London Town” in the world fiction competition of the LA Film Festival.

The film, set in 1978, centers on a teenager (played by Daniel Huttlestone), who becomes responsible for his younger sister when his dad is hospitalized. His only salvation is seeing The Clash perform so he ventures into central London from its bleak outskirts only to find his estranged mother, played by Natascha McElhone.

Borte’s film was written by Matthew Brown. It was produced by Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Tom Butterfield of Culmination Productions.

The deal reunites IFC Films with screenwriter Brown and producer Sofia Sondervan on the heels of Brown’s “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” which he wrote, produced and directed. “The Man” has grossed $2.7 million in limited release.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco for IFC with CAA and ICM Partners co-representing the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Borte is repped by ICM Partners and Alan A. Sachs at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. Brown is repped by CAA, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and James Adams at Schreck Rose Dapello and Adams.

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