Brittany Murphy

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It's morbid, it's a fairly shameless attempt to cash in, and it's also one final way to honor Brittany Murphy's career.

The late actress' final film, the psychological thriller Abandoned, will receive a theatrical release thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment, which acquired the distribution rights to the movie this week.

"Releasing this young actress' last film is both an honor and bittersweet," says Anchor Bay President Bill Clark. "It was important…that the timing of this release be right, because we're sensitive to such a tragic loss."

He adds: "However, we also recognize that Brittany's fans wants will want to see her amazing work."

The film, which costars Dean Cain, Mimi Rogers and Peter Bogdanovich, follows Murphy's character as she searches for his boyfriend, who suddenly vanishes after checking into a hospital.

"Brittany will be deeply missed by everyone who worked on Abandoned," the producers added in a joint statement. "The film is a taut thriller which portrays Brittany's character as smart and tough—and that's how we all want to remember her."

 The film will hit theaters sometime this summer.


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