M’max grabs ‘Griffin’ laffer for $5 mil

Pic blend of 'Brother' star's standup footage, family reunion

Beating out four other bidders, Miramax has paid around $5 million for “Eddie Griffin: Dis-Funk-Tional Family,” a completed George Gallo-directed picture that was shopped by WMA, producers David Permut and Paul Brooks and thesp Eddie Griffin.

The film intersperses “Undercover Brother” star’s standup comedy footage with docu-style footage of a Kansas City family reunion. Pic prominently features the men who shaped Griffin’s comic sensibility: ex-pimp Uncle Buckey and Uncle Curtis, the latter the proud owner of the largest porn collection in K.C., much of which he shot personally.

The filmmakers invited distributors to the Gold Circle-financed film’s NRG screening last Thursday. Audience reaction and scores indicated the film may have “Kings of Comedy” box office potential, and bids were placed by Miramax, Screen Gems, Lions Gate, New Line and Fox Searchlight.

By the weekend, Miramax, which is making Griffin’s next comedy vehicle, “My Baby’s Mama,” had closed a deal brokered by Miramax co-chair Harvey Weinstein, senior veep of acquisitions Arianna Bocco and co-prexy Bob Osher.

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