Mike Fleming

Colin Farrell Dead Man DownEXCLUSIVE: FilmDistrict has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to Dead Man Down, a romantic thriller being directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper. Rapace and Oplev teamed in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and she next stars in the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus.

It is the second significant acquisition of the Cannes Film Festival by FilmDistrict, which also acquired the horror film Oculus from Intrepid Pictures.

Noomi Rapace Dead Man DownScripted by J.H. Wyman (Fringe), Dead Man Down stars Farrell as the right-hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City who is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their chemistry and intense relationship leads them to execute a violent and cathartic plan for revenge.

The $30 million film is being financed by IM Global and WWE Studios. Original Films’ Neal H. Moritz is producing with Wyman through his Frequency Films shingle. FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel is executive producer along with Ori Marmur, Stuart Ford, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Deepak Nayar, and WWE Films’ Michael Luisi. The film began shooting in Philadelphia and New York in April and FilmDistrict will release it in the fall of 2013.

“‘Dead Man Down’ is a great addition to our slate,” said Schlessel. “It’s the kind of material we respond to, and we are excited to be in business for the first time with Stuart Ford and IM Global.”

Said Ford, “We’re delighted that FilmDistrict is boarding the film and we look forward to working with them to deliver a smart, exciting and stylish thriller to audiences.”