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Myriad gets foreign rights to ‘Banks’

Company also makes Amanda Blue new VP

Myriad Pictures has acquired all rights outside the U.S. and Canada to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst’s feature helming debut, “The Education of Charlie Banks.”

Film centers on the titular character, a high school student (Jesse Eisenberg) who was tormented in his youth by the school bully (Jason Ritter). College offers him the chance to escape — until the bully shows up on campus. Peter Elkoff penned the screenplay.

The financing, production and worldwide sales outfit also has named Amanda Blue veep of development and production. Blue moves from a similar position at Inferno Entertainment, where she worked on the Jay Roach-produced “Smother” and “Hachiko,” starring Richard Gere.

Myriad prexy-CEO Kirk D’Amico complimented Blue’s “eye and ear” and said the new VP will help expand Myriad’s slate of commercial and quality films.

“Charlie Banks” took top honors in the Made in New York category at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Jason Ritter drew the breakthrough performance nod at the Lone Star Film Festival.

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release the film in the U.S. in the spring.

Myriad will debut the pic at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.

“Charlie Banks” is produced by Strongheart Pictures and Marisa Polvino. Exec producers are Sam Maydew and Peter Elkoff.

Durst is helming his second feature film, “Comeback,” starring Ice Cube and Matt Craven.

Myriad’s upcoming slate includes Dario Argento’s “The Mother of Tears” and Gillian Armstrong’s “Death Defying Acts,” which will be released in the U.S. this year through the Weinstein Co.

(Derek Peters contributed to this report.)

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