The Salon, a beautyparlour movie directed by super-hot screenwriter Mark Brown, has curled itselfround a US sale through UK seller Visual Factory.

The film, which has a convoluted history including acourtroom battle with MGM over the title of the picture, has been sold toAvatar.

The $3.5m black comedy, which stars Vivica Fox, will bereleased on some 100 prints in February to coincide with 'Black HistoryMonth'.

US home entertainment rights are being negotiatedseparately. Brown previously wrote hits Barber Shop and Barber Shop 2 and Two Can Play That Game. The film is completed and is likely to get itsfirst market screening early in 2005.