Red Envelope, Magnolia join to catch 'Foe'


Magnolia Pictures and Red Envelope Entertainment have jointly acquired all North American rights to writer-director David Mackenzie's "Hallam Foe." The movie stars Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles and Ciaran Hinds. A 2008 release is planned.

Bell plays the titular Hallam Foe, whose knack for voyeurism reveals his darkest fears and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city of Edinburgh for love.

"Mackenzie has skillfully crafted the first-ever Oedipal rom-com thriller," Magnolia head of acquisitions Tom Quinn said. "It's sexy, adventurous, intimate and delightful all at once."

Mackenzie's films include "Asylum," "Young Adam" and "The Last Great Wilderness."

The deal was negotiated by Quinn and head of business affairs Jason Janego with Ana Ayesta and Andrew Orr from Independent.