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The duo behind this year's critically lauded comedy "Booksmart" -- Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman. -- had six studios battling over their next film.

After a heated bidding war, Universal Pictures won the rights to their untitled holiday comedy pitch based on an original idea.

Wilde will once again direct, while Silberman, who co-wrote "Booksmart," will write the script and co-produce.

"Booksmart," Wilde's feature film directorial debut, is one of the best reviewed films of the year and has grossed over $22 million so far.

Wilde, whose past acting credits include "Rush," "Cowboys & Aliens," and "Life Itself,"  is currently co-starring in the Clint Eastwood-directed "Richard Jewell."

Silberman co-wrote "Isn’t It Romantic" and wrote the scripts for Netflix romcom "Set It Up"and the upcoming "Most Dangerous Game."

[Via Deadline]