Viva Pictures has acquired North America rights to Quentin Lee’s The Unbidden, following its world premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival last week.

International rights to the film were acquired by Korea’s 9ers Entertainment earlier this month.

Described as the first female-driven Asian American supernatural thriller, The Unbidden stars Tamlyn Tomita (The Joy Luck Club), Julia Nickson (Rambo), Amy Hill (50 First Dates), Elizabeth Sung (The Joy Luck Club) and Michelle Krusiec (Saving Face).

The story follows a mystery novelist who believes she is being haunted and holds a dinner party for her friends, where the group is taken hostage by a gun-wielding stranger.

The film is produced by Charles Lei of Beijing-based Thunder Communications International, along with US-based Stanley Yung, NaRhee Ahn and Lee. Lee’s previous directing credits include White Frog and The People I’ve Slept With.

“As highlighted in the recent 60 Minutes story, Rising in the East, Asia is now producing top notch cinema that American audiences are going to love and Unbidden is one of those films,” said Viva Pictures vice president acquisitions Laura Prieto.