After the critical success of A Field in England, Sightseers, Kill List and Down Terrace, British director Ben Wheatley has become a national treasure, and his new films will continue to bend the rules and excite fans.
His latest film, High Rise, announced last week that Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons would be joining Tom Hiddleston in the feature, and Hanway Films were looking for buyers at Cannes.
Well they found some, and a UK distribution deal has been struck with Studio Canal. Per Screen Daily:
HanWay Films has finalised deals for Ben Wheatley’s anticipated thriller High-Rise with StudioCanal for the UK and Wild Side co-founder Manuel Chiche’s new distribution company The Jokers for France.
Wheatley’s High Rise is an update of JG Ballard’s dystopian novel, which is being produced by Jeremy Thomas’ RPC.
Hiddleston leads cast on the thriller as a young doctor drawn into the violence and debauchery of a surreal 1970s residential tower block.
Shoot is slated to get underway this July in Belfast. Script comes from Amy Jump while financiers include FilmFour and the British Film Institute, with support from Northern Ireland Screen.
Thorsten Schumacher, managing director of HanWay Films told Screen: “StudioCanal and The Jokers are perfect partners for High-Rise, proven distribution experts in bringing ground-breaking films to a wide audience.”
Previous adaptations of Ballard’s work include RPC’S controversial drama Crash, directed by David Cronenberg, and Steven Spielberg’s epic, six-time Oscar nominee Empire of The Sun.