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John Carpenter's 'The Ward' Finds U.S. Distributor (Berlin)

The Ward
ARC Entertainment

ARC Entertainment has teamed up with XLrator Media to pick up the U.S. distribution rights to John Carpenter's horror thriller The Ward.

The pic premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival and the move finally gives it a chance to be seen by American audiences.

No specific details of the release strategy was given although many platforms will be involved.

ARC is a marketing-based distribution company. Earlier this week the two partnered on U.S. distribution rights to ContentFilm's period action movie Ironclad.

Ward is Carpenter's first feature since 2001 and stars Amber Heard, Mamie Gumner, Danielle Panabaker, Lyndsy Fonseca and Jared Harris.

Set in the 1960s, the story follows a girl (Heard) who is admitted to a psychiatric ward, and bands with other female inmates when a mysterious force begins to terrorize the halls.

Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding and Mike Marcus of Echo Lake Entertainment along with Peter Block of A Bigger Boat produced the film.