‘Smoking Is Good’ for WB

Studio options McCarthy's spec satire

Warner Bros. has optioned the Jeff McCarthy spec satire “Smoking Is Good for You” for Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance Prods.

The arrangement also includes a blind deal for McCarthy to write another script that will be produced by Mad Chance.

“Smoking” skewers the tobacco industry in the story of a delusional tobacco farmer who kidnaps his dead son’s body and buries it in his field. The result is a miracle harvest that doesn’t cause, but actually cures, cancer.

McCarthy, a former standup comic, previously sold the spec “Magnificent Bastards” to Betty Thomas and Jenno Topping’s Tall Trees Prods.

Credits for Mad Chance include the upcoming Paramount-DreamWorks co-production “Numbers,” starring John Travolta, and Warner Bros.’ “Space Cowboys.”

McCarthy is repped by attorney Robert Offer at Bloom Hergott Diemer & Cook and Hohman Maybank Lieb.

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