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TIFF: Anchor Bay Buys ‘A Horrible Way to Die’

Deal caps big week of acquisitions for film distributor

Anchor Bay Films — which on Thursday acquired the teenage indie drama “Megan is Missing,” a day after securing the Maria Bello film “Carjacked” — has nabbed another Toronto Film Fest flick.

The company announced on Friday a deal with Celluloid Nightmares to buy the North American rights for “A Horrible Way to Die,” the Adam Wingard-directed thriller that premiered Wednesday night as part of TIFF’s Vanguard program.

The film, starring AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz and Joe Swanberg, follows “an escaped serial killer as he blazes a violent trail across the country in order to find his ex-girlfriend, the person responsible for putting him behind bars.” Simon Barrett wrote the script.

The deal was negotiated by Celluloid ‘s Nate Bolotin and Travis Stevens and Bill Clark, Kevin Kasha, James Shapiro and Richard Turner for Anchor Bay.  Terms were not disclosed.

On Wednesday, Anchor Bay picked up a different project with Bello, "Beautiful Boy," in a seven-figure deal that includes a P&A commitment.