4th Row Films duo option rights to comedy banner's story

Douglas Tirola and Susan Bedusa of 4th Row Films are gearing up to make a documentary about National Lampoon.

Duo optioned the rights to the comedy banner’s story and archives for the movie, to be directed by Tirola. Access to the archives will include the use of previously unseen footage. Shooting begins next month.

National Lampoon started as the Harvard Lampoon magazine, which was influential in the 1970s, before being spun off into a wide array of properties including books, radio shows, theater events and movies, notably “National Lampoon Animal House” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

Deal for the untitled docu was negotiated by Tirola and Bedusa with National Lampoon’s Tim Durham.

Tirola previously helmed “All In: The Poker Movie” and Tribeca alum “An Omar Broadway Film,” bowing on HBO next month. Both were produced by Tirola and Bedusa.

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