Miramax prescribes ‘Prozac Nation’ rights

Wurtzel biopic finds distributor

NEW YORK — Miramax Films is taking a dose of Prozac. The studio has nabbed U.S., U.K. and Italian rights to “Prozac Nation,” based on the best-selling autobiographical novel by Elizabeth Wurtzel. Pic preemed at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in September.

Helmed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg (“Insomnia”), “Prozac Nation” stars Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Michelle Williams, Jason Biggs, Anne Heche and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Producers are co-head of Dimension Brad Weston, Paul Miller and Galt Neiderhoffer. Ricci and Andrea Spelling co-produced; Cinerenta’s Willi Baer and Millennium’s Avi Lerner were exec producers.

Set in the mid-1980s, pic follows a young woman’s bout with depression during her freshman year at Harvard.

” ‘Prozac Nation’ is a very powerful, emotional film with amazing performances by this outstanding cast,” said Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “We are thrilled to be distributing it.”

Lerner added: “I couldn’t ask for a better distributor for this film. The Miramax team is brilliant, and I know they’ll give this film the best release possible.”

Senior veep of acquisitions Andrew Herwitz, along with senior veep of acquisitions Matt Brodlie, negotiated the deal for Miramax; Lerner sealed pact for Millennium. ICM packaged the deal between the two parties.

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