M’Max adopts ‘Bastard’

Kramer to o'see White House comedy spec

Miramax Films has paid low-six against mid-six figures to acquire spec script “The First Bastard,” from scribes Marc Wilmore and Jeff Bushell.

Pic, described as a broad character-driven comedy that takes place in the White House, will be produced by John Jacobs of First Entertainment.

Wilmore, repped by Marc Wax at the Wax Agency, is a producer-writer on “The Simpsons.” Last season, he worked as a producer-writer and performer on “The PJs” for Fox and then the WB. He was also a writer and performer on “In Living Color” and wrote for “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”

Jeff Bushell was most recently a scribe on “Mad TV,” for Fox.

Senior VP of production Jeremy Kramer will oversee the project for Miramax. Miramax’s biz affairs exec Barry Littman brokered the deal with the Wax Agency and Colden, McKuin and Frankel.

Jacobs is also producing “The Ringer,” a Farrelly brothers comedy set up at 20th Century Fox, where the filmmaking siblings have an overall production deal. Pic concerns two guys who concoct a scam to fix the Special Olympics. Project was set up when Conundrum, the Farrellys’ production entity, reupped with Fox ( Daily Variety, June 9, 2000).

Jacobs is also producing comedy “The Guest,” for Dimension Films. Pic, to star Tara Reid, Molly Shannon, Patrick Cranshaw and Ashton Kutcher, will be directed by David Zucker.

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