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Lohan’s Canyons picked up by distributor

Lindsay Lohan’s controversial new film The Canyons has been picked up by a distributor and is heading to cinemas this summer.

The 26-year-old actress features opposite porn star James Deen in the low-budget neo-noir film from writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader.

Lindsay stars as the girlfriend of a wealthy film producer, portrayed by James, who is hiding an affair with an actor.

Her on-set antics were chronicled by New York Times magazine. She was accused of jeopardising the project in its entirety by being difficult, late to set and displaying unstable behaviour.

The actress was even fired at one point during filming.

Rumours have swirled since production wrapped last year that Bret and Paul were having trouble selling the film, produced with a micro-budget of $250,000.

IFC Films has now acquired North American rights to the project.

The company is planning for a digital and theatrical release early this summer. President of Sundance Selects/IFC Film Jonathan Sehring confirmed the arrangement on Friday.

"This film is a wild ride through the psyche of Bret Easton Ellis courtesy of Paul Schrader,” he said, adding, “Lindsay Lohan is terrific as Tara and James Deen will be a big surprise for people. We are thrilled that the filmmakers' adventure in filmmaking 2.0 has brought them to our door."

Paul Schrader echoed his sentiment. The director said he is “delighted” the film has found an “enthusiastic home”.

“We envisioned The Canyons as a multi-platform release from the beginning and no company knows that world better than IFC,” he said.

IFC is orchestrating the release alongside The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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