Lions Gate pacts for ‘Cheerleader’

Rehab comedy stars Lyonne, DuVall, Moriarty

Lions Gate Films will handle North American distribution of “But I’m a Cheerleader,” Jamie Babbit’s satire of teenage lesbian and gay “rehab” camps.

Fine Line Features originally pacted to pick up the pic following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festivalin the fall, but that deal fell apart last month over questions regarding the film’s video rights.

“But I’m a Cheerleader,” which screened recently in the Midnight Movies section at Sundance, stars Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty and RuPaul Charles.

Written and directed by Babbit, “Cheerleader” was produced by Andrea Sperling and Leanna Creel with Michael Burns and Marc Butan serving as executive producers. Lions Gate will release the film this summer.

“Lions Gate really appreciates the film, and I am pleased that they are releasing it,” Babbit said.

Burns and WMA Independent repped the producers in the deal.

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