And so ends another mini-bidding war: Warner Independent Pictures, the speciality arm of Warner Brothers and producer of Before Sunset, has picked up North American rights to Strangers With Candy. The film, directed by Paul Dinello, is a prologue to the Comedy Central series of the same name, starring Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert. It's due to open this fall.

Other acquisition news this evening:

  • Rights to Marcos Siega's Pretty Persuasion, a comedy starring Thirteen's Evan Rachel Wood as a teen who accuses a professor of sexual harrassment, have been sold to Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films. They plan to release the film in late summer 2005.

  • A comedy/documentary, Paul Provenza's The Aristocrats, has been purchased by ThinkFilm, who have also acquired hot Sundance doc Murderball. Provenza's film, concieved in conjunction with comedian Penn Jillette, features over 100 comedians telling the same dirty joke, each in their own way.

  • Another documentary, Slamdance opener Mad Hot Ballroom, has been picked up by Paramount Classics. It tells the feel-good story of a group of New York City teens who get hooked on ballroom dancing. Word on the street is that Sundance passed on Ballroom, which has turned out to be one of the most popular docs showing in Park City this year.

indieWIRE has more info on these and other acquisitions.

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