Magnolia Pictures' Magnet label has pre-bought North American rights to Toby Wilkins' horror-thriller "Splinter," the company announced Thursday. The film, which is currently nearing completion, is described as the story of a couple held hostage by an ex-convict on the run besieged in an isolated gas station by an insatiable parasite that absorbs the corpses of its victims. Magnolia's SVP Tom Quinn and head of business affairs Jason Janego negotiated the deal with with Micah Green and Brian Kavanaugh Jones of CAA and Jamie Carmichael of ContentFilm. Magnet will release the film theatrically in 2008. [Brian Brooks]