Magnet picks out 'Splinter'


Magnet, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has prebought North American rights to Toby Wilkins' horror-thriller "Splinter," which is nearing completion.

"Splinter" revolves around a young couple held hostage by an ex-convict, all of whom are menaced by a parasitic monster.

The film, which Magnet plans to release next year, marks the feature directorial debut of Wilkins, a longtime VFX artist who has worked on films by Brett Ratner, James Cameron, Bryan Singer and Jonathan Demme. He also was recently tapped to direct the third installment of the "The Grudge" franchise for Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures. He worked for Raimi as director of the short film series "Tales of the Grudge," which preceded the release of "The Grudge 2."

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia's Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, along with Micah Green and Brian Kavanaugh Jones of CAA and Jamie Carmichael of ContentFilm.