Miramax inks deal for 2 pix from scribes

Duo to bow with 'Dancing Queen'

Actors-turned-scribes Andrew Lowery and Andrew Miller have closed a guaranteed two-picture deal with Miramax Films worth more than $1 million.

The pair will first tackle Miramax’s remake of the British telepic “Dancing Queen,” considered a high-profile development project at the mini-major.

The original “Dancing Queen” was produced by Granada Films and directed by Nick Hamm. Pic tells the story of how, after meeting a stripper on his stag night, a husband-to-be ends up stranded on his wedding day.

Lowery and Miller will write an original screenplay based on the concept of the British production. They will receive a mid-six-figure sum for both scripts against slightly north of $1 million. The second project will either be an original of theirs or something else from Miramax’s development slate.

Sold spec in April

The tyros began a relationship with Miramax when they sold their romantic comedy spec “Boys and Girls” to the distrib in April. That pic is now being prepped by director Robert Iscove (“She’s All That”) for an October start, with Freddie Prinze Jr. attached to star. Dustin Hoffman’s Punch Prods. is producing.

The Lowery and Miller deal is being overseen by Miramax VP Jill Messick, who is also the exec on “Boys and Girls.” While Miramax developed that pic, Dimension is expected to release it.

Miller has appeared in such pics as “Circles,” “Cube” and “Trial by Jury.” Lowery acted in the TV series “Life’s Work,” among others.

Miramax was repped in the negotiations by VP Eric Roth and senior VP Michael Luisi. ICM’s Ben Smith and Barbara Mandel, and attorneys Sam Fischer and Matt Johnson negotiated for Lowery and Miller.

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