IFC Films has acquired US rights from Studio Canal to The Red Riding Trilogy based on David Pearce’s cult noir novels about the investigation into the Yorkshire Ripper slayings in the UK during Seventies and Eighties.
The trilogy includes Julian Jarrold’s 1974, James Marsh’s 1980 and Anand Tucker’s 1983, three self-contained dramas that combine to create a broad portrait of murder, corruption and obsession set against the Ripper’s tyrannical reign in the North of England.
Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton’s Revolution Films produced the trilogy, which stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Paddy Considine, Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Eddie Marsan and David Morrissey. Tony Grison adapted Pearce’s books.
IFC plans to release The Red Riding Trilogy this autumn in theatres and on demand through its IFC In Theaters platform following a festival circuit run.
Vice-president of acquisitions and co-productions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Studio Canal’s Harold Van Lier and Anna Marsh.
IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring called The Red Riding “an absolutely thrilling work of cinema and one of the great true crime adaptations of recent times.
Van Lier said IFC “really offer the best possible model for the trilogy: a serious theatrical commitment on all three films, and a VOD release reaching out to 50million homes. We could not have hoped for a better fit.”
“We are very excited to be working with IFC Films,” Eaton said. “They are the perfect partner in the US for a project like this.”