IFC picks up 'Valhalla Rising'

Viking tale to be released in 2010

TORONTO -- The Toronto international Film Festival has its first mainstream acquisition, with IFC announcing late Monday night that it has picked up U.S. rights to the Viking action-adventure "Valhalla Rising."

Emerging Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn helmed the pic, which centers on a mute warrior and his ally who escape the imprisonment of an evil chieftain and embark on a series of dark adventures. The movie debuted last
Friday at the festival.

IFC plans a 2010 release for the action tale.

Refn, who co-wrote the script with Roy Jacobsen, notably directed the Sundance hit "Bronson" His stock has been rising in Hollywood: he recently signed on to helm Universal's update of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde saga.

A number of pics continue to be circled by distribs at the fest, including Tom Ford's "A Serious Man," Atom Egoyan's "Chloe" and Samuel Maoz's "Lebanon." "Rising" had not been listed as a top priority for distribs coming into the festival, though the appearance of a sale will no doubt give fest veterans hope that the market can be kick started.

Wild Bunch repped the filmmakers in the sale.