Magnet Acquires Sean Bean Period Film 'Black Death'

Christopher Smith-helmed movie won four awards at L.A.'s Screamfest.

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights Christopher Smith's Black Death from Hanway Films.

The period piece stars Sean Bean as a medieval emissary from the church who leads a young monk (Eddie Redmayne) and a band of violent vigilantes and war veterans through the English countryside in a campaign to stamp out pagans.

The movie made its U.S. debut last week at L.A.'s Screamfest, where it took home awards for best director, actor, cinematography and score. Magnet is planning a theatrical release early next year.

The deal was negotiated by Magnet/Magnolia senior vp Tom Quinn with Tim Haslam from Hanway.