IFC Films has acquired US rights to Bruce McDonald's Canadian zombie horror Pontypool starring Stephen McHattie.

Meanwhile the picture's international sales agents Forward Motion Entertainment have sold rights to the UK (Kaleidoscope), South Korea (Mirovision), the Middle East (Eagle/Phonenicia Pictures), Hungary (Cinetel) and Malaysia (VSG).

Tony Burgess adapted the screenplay from his bestseller Pontypool Changes Everything about a DJ who discovers that his radio broadcasts might be responsible for turning the town inhabitants into zombies.

Lisa Houle, Hrant Alianak and Georgina Reilly star in the picture, which premiered at Toronto last autumn and will get its US premiere at South By SouthWest festival in March.

IFC plans a theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles on May 29 followed by select rollout. The picture will go out via IFC's VOD service beginning on May 27. Maple Pictures will release Pontypool theatrically in Canada this spring.

IFC's Jeff Deutchman brokered the deal with producers Jeffrey Coghlan, Miles Dale and Ambrose Roche.