Par near deal to distrib British teen laffer ‘Kevin’

Adaptation of sketch comedy characters stars Enfield, Burke, Ifans

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire North American distribution rights to “Kevin and Perry,” a British comedy in which Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke portray sex-obsessed adolescent boys on a mission to become world-famous deejays. Rhys Ifans (“Notting Hill”) co-stars.

Written by Enfield with David Cummings, pic is directed by Ed Bye. The characters stem from the popular U.K. sketch comedy series “Harry Enfield and Chums.” As in “Wayne’s World,” the two teenage protagonists are portrayed by adults, though here, one of the boys is, in fact, played by a woman.

In the film, Kevin (Enfield) and Perry (Burke) leave Britain for the Spanish island of Ibiza in hopes of finding easy sex and disc-spinning success. There they meet mentor Jim Jam (Ifans), a deejay who soon proves to be more foe than friend.

Jolyon Symonds and Fragile Films’ Barnaby Thompson produced “Kevin and Perry.” Thompson, who recently produced “An Ideal Husband,” served as an associate producer on “Wayne’s World” and co-producer on “Wayne’s World 2,” which were distributed by Paramount.

Represented by Icon Entertainment Intl., “Kevin and Perry” made its debut at the recent American Film Market. John Ferraro, Paramount’s senior VP of worldwide acquisitions and co-productions, brought the picture into the studio.

Bye, a longtime director of British television, makes his feature debut with “Kevin and Perry.” Peter Bennett-Jones and Amanda Davies of Tiger Aspect Pictures served as the film’s executive producers along with Icon head Ralph Kamp.

Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group exec veep of business and legal affairs Barry Haldeman is repping the studio; attorney Rich Klubeck is handling Icon’s end of the deal.

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