George A. Romero’s Survival Of The Dead, the sixth instalment of the cult director’s zombie franchise, has sold in multiple territories.

It is the first horror to be selected for Venice’s main competition since the festival’s debut year in 1932 when Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde was the opening film.

Voltage Pictures is handling the worldwide sales for the film, excluding the US. It has sold to Optimum Releasing (UK), Paradiso Entertainment (Benelux), Splendid Film (Germany), Presidio (Japan), Gulf Film Group (Middle East), Imagem Filmes (Brazil) and M Pictures Entertainment (Thailand). Negotitations for France and Italy are ongoing, while Spanish and Australian rights are still up for grabs.

E1 Entertainment will distribute Survival Of The Dead in Canada, which was also a co-producing country on the picture while John Sloss’ Cinetic will handle US sales. Cinetic also handled the domestic deal for Diary Of The Dead, which was picked up by The Weinstein Company.

Nadine de Barros, VP of Sales and Acquisitions for Voltage, said: “The reaction has been very enthusiastic. Domestic sales will be handled after the official Toronto premiere.”

The Survival Of The Dead will have a midnight screening in Toronto on September 12.