‘Funny Boys’ Film Adaptation Gains Momentum With ‘Movie 43’ Writer

Greg Pritikin Funny Boys
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Greg Pritikin is adapting Warren Adler’s novel “Funny Boys,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The project, produced by Julian McMahon and Charlie Loventhal, is gaining momentum at Grey Eagle Films. Set in the 1930s in Brownsville, Brooklyn and the Catskills, the story centers on a young comic who wants to follow in the footsteps of the great comedians of the era.

Pritikin’s credits include the TV series “Easy to Assemble” and “Movie 43.”

Adler’s “The War of the Roses: The Children,” a sequel to the 1989 film, is being co-produced by Grey Eagle’s Jonathan Robert Adler and David Permut of Permut Presentations.

Other Grey Eagle projects include “Target Churchill,” co-developed with Solution Entertainment Group; “Mourning Glory,” to be adapted by Karen Leigh Hopkins; and TV series “Capital Crimes,” based on Adler’s “Fiona FitzGerald” mystery series, co-developed by Sennet Entertainment with Eric Overmyer as showrunner.

Pritikin is represented by MGMT Entertainment and ICM Partners.

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