Magnet Releasing has taken US rights to George A Romero’s latest zombie episode, Survival Of The Dead.

Magnet will release the film in spring under its Ultra VOD programme, which involves a nationwide VOD launch one month before the theatrical release.

The film premiered at Venice and Toronto and continues the story left off in Diary Of The Dead, as a group of survivors arrive on an island in the grip of a civilisation clash between the living and the dead.

“George A Romero is an undisputed cinematic legend, and we’re honored to be bringing another installment of this incredible series of films to horror fans,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. “Survival is smart, extremely fun and a worthy addition to the ‘Of the Dead’ franchise.”

Magnolia’s senior vice-president Tom Quinn brokered the deal with Victoria Cook of Cinetic Media, on behalf of Art Spigel and Ara Katz of Artfire Films and Peter Grunwald of Romero-Grunwald Productions.