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Anchor Bay Gripped by ‘Fear’ (EXCLUSIVE)

PARIS — L.A.-based Anchor Bay Films has snatched up all rights to Jeremy Lovering’s Sundance-preeming “In Fear” from Studiocanal Group.

Deal, announced March 8 by Anchor Bay Entertainment prexy Bill Clark on the opening day of SXSW, covers North American theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital distribution rights.

Anchor Bay Films — a division of Starz-owned Anchor Bay Entertainment — distributes films on all platforms in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.

The deal was negotiated between Vanessa Saal (senior VP, international sales, Studiocanal) and Kevin Kasha (exec VP of acquisitions and co-productions, Anchor Bay).

“The entire Anchor Bay team is thrilled to have picked up the rights to this gem we screened at Sundance earlier this year,” said Kasha.

Thriller “In Fear” toplines Alice Englert and Iain De Caestecker as a young couple trapped in a maze of country roads and terrorized by a mysterious tormentor who exploits their worst fears. Allen Leach (“Downton Abbey”) also stars.

Pic, which is Lovering’s debut, was produced by Nira Park and James Biddle at Big Talk Pictures and co-produced by Paris-based Studiocanal, which also handles world sales, and Film4.

“After Sundance, we had nine solid offers on the table, all competing for the same ultra or day-and-date release model which suits this film perfectly,” said Harold Van Lier, Studiocanal exec VP of international distribution. “The combination of a genuine theatrical commitment by Anchor Bay Films and the ambitious VOD push by Starz Digital means our film should be seen by the largest possible audience in North America.”

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