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Strand eyes right to ‘Party’

Firm nearing deal on 'Monster' biopic

Strand Releasing is in final negotiations to acquire U.S. theatrical rights to ContentFilm and Killer Films’ “Party Monster,” the story of Gotham club kid-turned-murderer Michael Alig, which stars Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green.

Premiered in this year’s Sundance competition, pic is the first narrative feature from nonfiction team Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), who previously tackled the material in a 1999 same-titled docu version.

Chloe Sevigny and Natasha Lyonne also star in the chronicle of Alig’s rise as a fixture on the drug-fueled Manhattan club and party scene of the early ’90s to his brutal killing of his longtime dealer, using a hammer and lethal Drano injection.

Pic was produced by Jon Marcus, Bradford Simpson and Christine Vachon with Bailey and Barbato for Killer, John Wells and World of Wonder. Wouter Barendrecht, Michael J. Werner, Edward R. Pressman, John Schmidt, Sofia Sondervan and Wells served as exec producers.

“This is a wonderful home for this movie,” said ContentFilm president Schmidt, who together with Cinetic Media brokered the deal with Strand Releasing co-president Jon Gerrans. “The guys at Strand know all the players involved, and the marketplace for this film is right up their alley.”

‘Party’ vid, DVD rights

Content earlier this month negotiated a separate deal with Blockbuster for video/DVD and television rights in the U.S. to “Party Monster.” Strand also has non-theatrical rights.

Amsterdam and Hong Kong-based Fortissimo Film Sales, which co-financed the project, registered strong international sales on the film at AFM. All Canadian rights remain available through Content.

“We’re glad to be working with Content and with Randy and Fenton again after their documentary “101 Rent Boys,” which we released quite successfully on video and DVD,” Gerrans said.

“This deal marks an ongoing relationship between Killer and Strand Releasing,” Strand co-president Marcus Hu added.

Killer Films productions previously released by Strand include “Stonewall,” “Postcards From America,” “Office Killer” and “I’m Losing You.” The company also had limited theatrical and non-theatrical rights to Todd Solondz’s “Happiness.”

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