James McAvoy's UK Hit Filth Acquired By Magnolia Pictures

By Sean O'Connell 2013-11-30 11:10:50discussion comments
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James McAvoy could coast on nothing but X-Men movies from now until retirement. (Heck, thatís what the older Xavier, Patrick Stewart, practically has been doing.) But the Scotsman doesnít settle, testing his abilities in genre fair that sometimes has a hard time finding proper, wide distribution. So itís encouraging to hear that his latest, Filth, has a distributor, and a possible window of release.

Magnolia Pictures stepped up and agreed to release the black comedy Filth in North America, according to a release. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), the movie casts McAvoy as Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, a "scheming, manipulative, misanthropic man who spends his time indulging in drugs, alcohol, sexually abusive relationships, and Ďthe gamesí Ė cruel plots and systematic bullying of his coworkers and friends," according to Magnolia. While working a graphic murder case Robertson finally starts to fall apart, giving in to hallucinations fuelled by his inner demons.

Just ask Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles, who said:
Very funny and deeply disturbing in all the right ways, Filth is a wild ride, driven by a performance for the ages from James McAvoy. Filth is going to join the ranks of Trainspotting as a cult classic."

We ran red-band trailer clips and a NSFW trailer for Filth weeks ago:

Hereís the thing, though. Magnolia isnít exactly gambling. Filth currently ranks as the yearís second highest-grossing R-rated film in the UK, where it opened earlier in the year. It also has earned British Independent Film Award nominations for James McAvoy (Best Actor), Jon S. Baird (Best Director), Shirley Henderson (Best Supporting Actress), Eddie Marsan (Best Supporting Actor) and a nomination for Best Achievement in Production. So yeah, thereís plenty of interest in Filth long before it opens here in the States. It likely will play better than McAvoyís Welcome to the Punch or Trance which struggled to find an audience despite Danny Boyleís name above the title.

Magnolia plans to release Filth in the U.S. in Spring 2014.
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