UK independent distributor, Optimum Releasing has acquired Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone and Julien Temple's Pandaemonium.

The distributor, headed by Will Clarke, is taking over Pandaemonium from the ailing Downtown Pictures, which was to release the picture in May but was forced to secure a Creditors Voluntary Agreement to pay back creditors over a period of time.

Pandaemonium was acquired from BBC commercial arm BBC Worldwide, while The Devil's Backbone is handled by Wild Bunch and Sogepaq.