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Miramax nabs Mowbray’s ‘Revengers’ Comedies’

NEW YORK — Miramax Films has acquired North American rights to writer-director Malcolm Mowbray’s “The Revengers’ Comedies” starring Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”), Helena Bonham Carter (“Twelfth Night”) and Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”) from London’s J&M Entertainment.

Mowbray’s previous film credits include “A Private Function,” a 1985 romp about a stolen pig that starred Michael Palin and Maggie Smith as hungry Brits who use their wits to cope with food rationing right after World War II.

Based upon the Alan Ayckbourn play, “Comedies” tells the story of a middle manager who has lost his job and whose relationship is on the rocks. He decides to end it all by jumping into the Thames River, but changes his mind when he runs into a high-spirited, upper-class woman who sparks his interest.

In addition to Neill, Bonham Carter and Scott Thomas, “Comedies” features Martin Clunes of TV’s “Men Behaving Badly,” Steve Coogan of “The Indian in the Cupboard” and Rupert Graves of “The Madness of King George.” It was produced by Simon Bosanquet (“Princess Caraboo”).

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Miramax by veepees Jason Blum, Andrew Hurwitz and Isabel Begg and exec veepee Trea Hoving. On behalf of the filmmakers, the deal was negotiated by Michael Ryan and Marcus Tustin of J&M.

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