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Pair counting on ‘Sheep’ pic

Weinstein Co., IFC pick up 'Black' comedy

After jointly acquiring “Penelope” last month, IFC and the Weinstein Co. have teamed again to pick up “Black Sheep,” a Toronto fest horror comedy about good sheep gone bad, for North American distribution.

IFC will handle theatrical release on its First Take label; TWC will release on DVD through its Genius Products homevid arm.

Companies earlier teamed for joint releases of pics including “Transamerica.”

Story follows two brothers on a New Zealand farm, one of whom has created genetically modified sheep who begin to run amok.

Kiwi-shot “Sheep” was produced by Live Stock Films and Philippa Campbell; the New Zealand Film Commission financed and sold it. Jonathan King helmed from his own script.

IFC and Weinstein Co. were both active at the fall fest; latter bought Vince Vaughn-produced “Wild West Comedy Show” for its TWC slate and horror pic “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” for Dimension. IFC picked up political pic “So Goes the Nation” and Patrice Leconte’s “My Best Friend.”

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