saban Films has picked up the North American rights to the Scandinavian thriller Good boy by Blue Finch Films.

Written and directed by Viljar Bøe (Until Freddy), the film stars Gard Løkke (Troll), Katrine Lovise Øpstad Fredriksen in her first feature film and Amalie Willoch Njaastad (Cabin Crazy). Saban is aiming for a theatrical release in the third quarter.

Good boy, which premiered to acclaim at Beyond Fest in 2022, follows Sigrid, who thinks she’s met the perfect match in Christian until she discovers he’s living with a man who acts as her pet dog. She soon notices that there’s an insidious side to Christian…perhaps “puppy play” isn’t as innocent as it seems.

The film is produced by Marie Waade Grønning, Ane Marie Sletten and Karl Oskar Åsli, and produced by Darren Gaskell and Nicolai Narvesen Lied. The deal was brokered by Steve Break on behalf of Saban Films and Mike Chapman on behalf of Blue Finch Films, which represents worldwide sales rights.

Saban has recently acquired a number of films, including that of Jon Keeyes cleaning crew, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Melissa Leo and Antonio Banderas; by Pierre Morel the ambush, the highest-grossing Arabic-language film ever made in the UAE and Saban’s first non-English language film acquisition; by Jason Momoa The Last Manhunt; American Murderer with Tom Pelphrey, Ryan Phillippe, Idina Menzel and Jacki Weaver; Ana Lily Amirpour Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon with Kate Hudson and Jun Jong-Seo; Brett Donowho’s Western The old way with Nicholas Cage; The dark comedy of the reincarnation of Adam Sigal Tank with John Malkovich; And Butcher’s crossingwhich stars Cage and had its world premiere in Toronto.

The blue finch international slate includes SXSW 2023 titles Monolith And Enraged Graceby Blumhouse Soft and quietas well as horror comedy She came from the woods with Cara Buono (“Stranger Things”) and William Sadler (Bill & Ted series).