Lion laughs at ‘Death’

Oz laffer to star Macfadyen, Dinklage, Bremner

MGM has added Sidney Kimmel Entertainment’s indie comedy “Death at a Funeral” to its slate as the Lion continues to ramp up its distribution activities.

Pic — to be helmed by Frank Oz from a screenplay by Dean Craig — will star Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage and Ewen Bremner.

Pic marks the first for Oz since 2004’s “The Stepford Wives.” He’s also slated to helm dark comedy “Horrible Bosses” for New Line.

“Funeral” revolves around a dysfunctional Brit family as they gather to mourn the passing of their patriarch. But a sober, heartfelt goodbye turns into calamity.

Pic will be produced by Kimmel, Share Stallings, Laurence Malkin and Diana Phillips. Bill Horberg and Bruce Toll will exec produce, along with Andreas Grosch and Philip Elway.

SKE recently completed a non-exclusive distribution deal at MGM.

The Lion also inked Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment to a non-exclusive distrib deal earlier this month and is rolling out various pics from the Weinstein Co. and Bauer Martinez.

Kimmel Intl. will handle foreign sales and foreign distribution on “Funeral” and will offer the pic in Cannes.

SKE’s slate also includes Universal’s “Breach”; “Trust the Man,” which Fox Searchlight will distribute; and writer-director Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog,” which New Line will release later this year.

In association with Universal, SKE financed 9/11 drama “United 93.”

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