Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s horror thriller Tone-Deaf, starring Robert Patrick and Amanda Crew. The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival.

In the film, Crew plays a young woman who, having just lost her job, escapes for a weekend in the country, where she rents an ornate country house from a widower, played by Patrick, with psychopathic tendencies.

The film was produced by Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis, Brad Mendelsohn and Matt Smith and by Best Medicine Productions’ Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen. Lightning Entertainment’s James C. Walker and Andrew Brown and Hindsight Media’s James Swarbrick executive produced along with James Scott, Tim Smith and Tracey McCarrick.

Saban Films negotiated the deal along with Steve Break on behalf of the filmmakers.

Saban Films most recently announced their partnership on Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Its upcoming titles include The Haunting of Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff; Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan; The Professor, the Wayne Roberts-directed drama starring Johnny Depp; and Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante starring Olivia Wilde.