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Showtime takes ‘Revenge’ from M’max

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NEW YORK — Miramax has sold the busted theatrical “Sweet Revenge,” starring Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Neill and Kristin Scott Thomas, to Showtime, which will give the movie its U.S. premiere late next month.

Matthew Duda, exec VP of program acquisitions and planning for Showtime Networks, says Showtime has an ongoing relationship with Miramax through the network’s output deal with Dimension Pictures, a Miramax division.

Miramax always has movies on its release schedule that don’t end up in theaters, at least in part because of the cost of prints and advertising. Showtime declined to discuss the terms of the contract, but sources say the pay TV license fee for a movie like “Sweet Revenge” is probably about $600,000.

Rather than calling these pictures busted theatricals, Duda says he prefers the phrase “enhanced salvaged theatricals.” “Sweet Revenge,” he said, “is a very British black comedy.”

Reviews of “Sweet Revenge” — directed by Malcolm Mowbray from “The Revengers’ Comedies” series of plays by Alan Ayckbourn — appeared in 1998, but Miramax kept postponing its theatrical release.

Exec producers of “Sweet Revenge” are Marina Gefter, Julia Palau, Michael Ryan and Mark Shivas. Simon Bosanquet and Georges Benayoun are the producers.

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