Wolfe Releasing has picked up all U.S. distrib rights to Canadian writer-director Thom Fitzgerald’s AIDS drama “3 Needles,” starring Lucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny, Stockard Channing and Sandra Oh.

Wolfe acquired the director’s cut of the pic, which restores about 20 minutes of footage, including a controversial scene depicting Channing’s character having sex in a Montreal strip club in a deliberate attempt to contract the deadly virus.

Film also stars Olympia Dukakis and Shawn Ashmore.

Three-paneled drama revolves around how people in different settings — rural China, a plantation in South Africa and the Montreal porn industry — are dealing with the AIDS epidemic.

Director’s cut differs substantially from the film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and that will be released in Canadian theaters.

Wolfe will preem its version on March 18 at Gotham’s Museum of Modern Art. Liu and other cast members will host.

Wolfe, the largest exclusive distrib of gay and lesbian entertainment in North America, is planning to release the film in theaters this fall, followed by a homevid release in summer 2007.

“Needles,” a Bigfoot Entertainment presentation, was produced by Emotion Pictures.

Fitzgerald’s previous directing credits include “The Hanging Garden” and “Beefcake.”