Toronto-based distributor Maple Pictures has acquired all Canadian rights in all media to Bruce McDonald's TIFF Vanguard title, Pontypool.

Described as the veteran guerilla filmmaker's first foray into horror, the film explores the terrorizing effects of a strange virus in a small town. It's adapted from the novel Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess.

The deal was negotiated by John Bain and Brad Pelman for Maple Pictures and Ambrose Roche and J. Miles Dale on behalf of the film.

The film was shot entirely on the new Red One 4k HD camera and will be the first feature shot in that format to ever screen at TIFF.

'We are very proud to have Bruce's next film on our slate,' said Pelman in a statement. 'Not only has Bruce constructed an intense psychological thriller that will appeal to a mainstream audience, but he has also brilliantly adapted a well-known Canadian book.'