Pantelion Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Hurricane Katrina thriller "Hours," starring Paul Walker and Genesis Rodriguez.

Pantelion, a partnership between Lionsgate and Televisa, will release "Hours" theatrically and on VOD on Dec. 13.

"Hours" is directed by Eric Heisserer ("Final Destination 5") and produced by the Safran Company ("The Conjuring") in conjunction with Palmstar Media and the Hirsch Group.

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The movies is set during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and follows a father's desperate attempt to keep his newborn daughter alive in the wake of the storm's destruction. Pantelion execs found the film at this year's South by Southwest Festival.

Walker stars in the "Fast and Furious" films. Rodriguez starred in "Identity Thief" and "The Last Stand."


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