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Maple Pictures have acquired all Canadian rights in all media to PONTYPOOL, it was announced today by Co-President Brad Pelman.

Helmed by renowned Director Bruce McDonald, PONTYPOOL marks the filmmaker’s first venture into the horror genre. The film is adapted from the novel “Pontypool Changes Everything” by Tony Burgess which tells the story of a morning radio show broadcasting out of a church basement in the small town of Pontypool. What starts out as an otherwise ordinary day suddenly turns deadly when reports start coming in of a strange virus spreading through the town.

“We are very proud to have Bruce’s next film on our slate,” says Pelman. “His vision as a daring filmmaker and a master of stylized cinema is clearly evident in PONTYPOOL.  Not only has Bruce constructed an intense psychological thriller that will appeal to a mainstream audience, but he has also brilliantly adapted a well-known Canadian book.”

The deal was negotiated by John Bain and Brad Pelman for Maple Pictures and Ambrose Roche and J. Miles Dale on behalf of the film.

"Maple's track record in generating box office for intelligent suspense thrillers is unsurpassed, and makes them a great partner for us,” says Dale. We believe they are ideally suited to take PONTYPOOL and Bruce into the commercial mainstream.”

PONTYPOOL is the first full length Canadian feature to be shot entirely using the new Red One 4k HD camera and will be the first feature shot in that format to ever screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Maple Pictures' recent acquisitions include HUNGER, the poignant story of the last months in the life of Irish Republican, Bobby Sands. Directed by artist-turned-director Steve McQueen, the film took home the prestigious Camera D’Or for best first time feature at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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