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Strand ‘Dying’ for release

Pic marks feature helming debut for playwright Lucas

A correction was made to this article on July 18, 2005.

NEW YORK — Gotham-based production banner Holedigger Films has sold North American rights to Craig Lucas’ “The Dying Gaul” to indie distrib Strand Releasing and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Pic marks feature helming debut for playwright Lucas (“The Light in the Piazza”).

New Films Intl. has come aboard to rep overseas rights, and Palisades Pictures has come into the deal with P&A backing for domestic release.

Pic, which stars Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott and Peter Sarsgaard, follows the emotional triangle of a Hollywood studio exec, his wife and a screenwriter from whom the exec has purchased a screenplay called “The Dying Gaul.” Scribe finds himself being compromised when he is paid handsomely for his work, about a lover who died of AIDS, and finds the studio making drastic changes.

Scott produced the pic, penned by Lucas, with Holedigger’s George Van Buskirk.

Joseph Caruso III, Shawn Fitzgerald, David Newman, Paul Cohen, Paul Manafort and Jerome Swartz exec produced. Steven Raphael’s Required Viewing brand is consulting on marketing.

Holedigger’s previous credits include “Off the Map” and “Marie and Bruce.”

“The Dying Gaul” preemed this year at Sundance and recently screened at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s tribute to Scott.

Lucas is currently prepping his next feature, “Small Tragedies.”

Los Angeles-based Strand is headed by Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans. Banner recently snapped up writer-helmer Tim Kirkman’s first fiction feature, “Loggerheads,” as well as Dutch-language feature “Simon,” which preemed in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.

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