Strand strolling down Beeb’s ‘Stella Street’

Company plans to release pic on Oct. 22

NEW YORK — Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to “Stella Street,” director Peter Richardson’s feature version of the cult BBC TV mockumentary series about A-list celebrities who withdraw from the spotlight to live in suburban south London.

Pic was recently a hit at the Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, where writer-performers Phil Cornwell and John Sessions shared best actor honors for their multiple roles.

Produced by John Goldstone, who has long been associated with the Monty Python team, pic chronicles the sleepy title neighborhood’s steady transformation into a peculiar British Beverly Hills as various superstars come in search of domestic bliss.

“Peter Richardson and John Goldstone have created a uniquely comic observation of the other side of celebrity,” said Strand co-prexy Marcus Hu.

Deal was negotiated for Strand by co-president Jon Gerrans. Company is planning an Oct. 22 release. Strand this weekend opened Michael Burke’s “The Mudge Boy,” with Emile Hirsch. It will release Jacob Tierney’s “Twist,” starring Nick Stahl, on May 21.

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