Slate includes horror films 'Thaw', 'Awake'
TORONTO — Maple Pictures, Canada’s second-largest film distribution company, inked a multi-year output deal with Anagram Pictures, Maple co-presidents Laurie May and Brad Pelman said Monday.The deal comes after Anagram tapped into Canadian federal agency Telefilm’s Slate Development Pilot Program, providing credit to develop at least three market-driven features over three years. Successful applicants must partner with an established distribution company. Anagram’s slate includes eco-thriller “The Thaw,” in which an ancient parasite threatens humankind, shooting this spring; and “sombie” pic “Falling Awake,” about a drug that eliminates the need for sleep, shooting this fall. Anagram was co-founded in 1997 by Vancouver filmmakers Trent Carlson and Andrew Currie, whose 2007 retro-zombie comedy “Fido” was released in the U.S. through Lionsgate. Currie is scripting the comedy “The Truth About Lying,” about a family of compulsive liars. Production is slated for late 2008.