Lions Gate Films Internationalhas sold key territories on Chris Kentis' low-budget shark thriller OpenWater, which it acquired from PlungePictures at Sundance and Lions Gate Releasing plans to release domesticallythis summer.
All rights to the picture havegone to Universum Film in Germany, Movie Eye Entertainment and Presidio inJapan, and Gussi in a Pan-Latin deal.
The sales division'sco-presidents Nick Meyer and Sergei Yershov are in advanced negotiations forother key European territories and previously sold UK rights to Redbus.
The story tells of two marriedscuba divers stranded in the ocean by a careless boat crew who are forced toendure shark-infested waters in their struggle to survive.
Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis,Saul Stein and Estelle Lau star and the picture was also written and edited byKentis (Grind) and produced by LauraLau.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the sales thisfilm is generating," Yershov said in a statement. "There definitelyexists a strong demand for a high quality thrillers and Open Water has proven to be one of the top films in thiscategory."
Lions Gate International's AFM slate includes marketdebuts for Terry George's in-production genocide drama Hotel Rwanda, starring Don Cheadle and Nick Nolte, and Jean Beaudin'storrid historical picture New France,which stars Gerard Depardieu, Vincent Perez and Irene Jacob.