IFC picks up 'Red Riding Trilogy'

Deal makes two for Rainbow Media unit

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CANNES -- No one's keeping score, but ... it's IFC 2, SPC 2.

The Rainbow Media unit announced its second buy of the Festival de Cannes on Thursday, saying it had picked up the three-in-one uber-feature "Red Riding Trilogy," which is being sold in the Cannes market.

The ambitious project, which was financed by and has aired on Channel 4 in Britain, involves three interlinked movies, each from an acclaimed director, that fictionally retells the story of the investigation into Britain's notorious Yorkshire Ripper of the 1970s and 1980s.

"Riding" follows in the steps of similar projects such as "Paris, je t'aime" and "Tokyo," though those entailed shorter films that were combined into one feature-length pic. It also echoes Steven Soderbergh's '08 Cannes pic "Che," a two-part feature that was also sometimes presented as one movie; IFC bought and released that title too.

Each of the "Riding" pics will be treated separately by IFC, getting distinct theatrical and VOD releases in the fall.

The project follows a series of characters over a decade-long quest to solve the case of the Ripper.

"Brideshead Revisited" director Julian Jarrold-helmed "1974," which stars Eddie Garfield as a rookie journalist attempting to solve the increasingly vexing case of a serial killer on the loose.

"Man on Wire" director James Marsh helmed "1980," in which Paddy Considine plays a maverick police office attempting to crack the case of the Yorkshire Ripper six years into his reign of terror, with the character clashing with his superiors over details in the case.

In Anand Tucker's "1983," David Morrisey plays a veteran detective who revisits the case and must come face to face with the mistakes made along the way.

The project is based on novelist David Peace's book series "Red Riding Quartet," with producers choosing not to turn the fourth title, "1977," into a film.

Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton's Revolution Films produced the pics, and Studio Canal repped the filmmakers. Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal for IFC.

The deal marks the second buy for IFC, which on Wednesday picked up the Romanian omnibus pic "Tales from the Golden Age."

And It comes less than a day after Sony Pictures Classics, another company that is expected to be active in Cannes, snapped up Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon" and Jan Kounen's "Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky."