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Sweet Revenge For 'Candy'

Warner had let it rot.

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Remember Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris’s movie version of Strangers With Candy? A full year after Warner Independent Pictures laid down $3 million for distribution rights at Sundance 2005, it may finally see the light of day. Scheduled for release last October, Candy reportedly got shelved when Warner balked over the producers’ failure to secure copyright clearance for prop posters and tchotchkes in the film. A source close to the film says the copyright wasn’t as much of an issue as a difference in taste. (“Rumor has it the heads of Warner Bros. don’t get it. Their independent-film branch came back with this strange, offensive comedy, and I think they were just appalled.”) But sources familiar with Warner’s side insist it never got the proper paperwork, even though the filmmakers had months to do so. Rights to the film eventually returned to the producers, Roberts/David and David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, which, sources say, are very close to striking a deal with ThinkFilm (which distributed The Aristocrats) to bring it out this summer. ThinkFilm and Worldwide Pants spokesmen declined to comment.


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