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D'Works acquires rights for Allen's 'Crooks'

DreamWorks has acquired domestic distribution rights to Woody Allen’s “Small Time Crooks.”

The deal for the rights closed at about $12 million. “Crooks” was budgeted at about $30 million.

A return to the farcical flavor of films like “Take the Money and Run,” “Crooks” chronicles the misadventures of an ex-con dishwasher (Allen) and his manicurist wife (Tracey Ullman) as they plan to hit the big-time with a bank heist.

Pic, which also stars Hugh Grant, Michael Rapaport and Elaine May, is skedded for release in the second quarter of 2000.

The deal marks the second time that Allen has worked with DreamWorks; he lent his voice to “Antz.” It is also the sixth studio to distribute one of Allen’s films in the last 8 years. This year’s “Sweet and Lowdown” was released by Sony Pictures Classics.

“Crooks” is the eighth collaboration between Allen and his Gotham-based producer Jean Doumanian, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Allen.

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