'Strangers' looking for friends at Warner
production company Worldwide Pants. Pic was directed by Paul Dinello, with supporting turns by Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Both sides say the producers did secure the necessary clearances from Comedy Central. But WIP continued to insist that there were a number of other outstanding issues. WIP, which pacted to pay in the $3 million range when acquiring “Strangers” at Sundance earlier this year, was set to release the pic Oct. 21. Insiders say WIP could void the contract with Worldwide Pants, which would then be free to seek out another distributor. Film is repped by John Sloss’ Cinetic Media. A Warners rep confirmed that the specialty arm is no longer releasing “Strangers,” but declined to elaborate. Worldwide Pants declined comment.
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