Sundance to ‘Die’ laffing

Busch pic co-stars Conroy, Lyonne, Priestley

NEW YORK — Sundance Channel has picked up all U.S. rights to comedy “Die Mommie Die” as part of its Sundance Film Series.

Acquisition is org’s third — Michael Winterbottom’s “In This World” and Mark Decena’s “Dopamine” will lead off the series, which features four films in all.

Pic, written and starring legit thesp Charles Busch, is a sendup of sudsy theatrical releases of the ’60s. Busch plays an over-the-hill diva whose family plots to kill her, while at the same time she enlists a lover to off her husband. Frances Conroy, Natasha Lyonne and Jason Priestley co-star.

“Die Mommie Die” preemed at Sundance where Busch received a special performance jury prize.

Dante Di Loreto and Anthony Edwards of Aviator Films produced with Bill Kenwright. Deal was brokered by Christian Vesper for the Sundance Channel and UTA and Irwin Rappaport for the filmmakers.

Sundance Film Series kicks off this fall in 10 cities, including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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