Magnet nabs rights to George A. Romero pic

Set to release 'Survival of the Dead' in the spring on VOD

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired U.S. rights to "George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead" and will release it in the spring through its Ultra VOD program, debuting it on video-on-demand platforms nationwide a month before it opens theatrically.

Written and directed by Romero, the filmmaker's latest zombie film played this year at the Venice and Toronto film festivals.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia senior vp Tom Quinn with Victoria Cook for Cinetic Media on behalf of Art Spigel and Ara Katz of Artfire Films and Peter Grunwald of Romero-Grunwald Prods.