Mouse spoofs Mafia

Abrahams' 'Godfather' parody gets Touchstone nod

Hoping it won’t be forced into a pair of cement Mouse ears, Touchstone Pictures has given a greenlight to helmer Jim Abrahams’ “Jane Austen’s Mafia,” a parody of “The Godfather” that will star Lloyd Bridges.

Abrahams is set to start lensing in September from a script that he wrote with Greg Norberg and Michael McManus. Buena Vista is planning a summer 1998 release date.

Abrahams is also producing.

Plot details were kept as tightly secret as the location of a Mafioso headquarters.

Bridges is set to play the Don. No other wiseguys or goodfellas have been set.

Touchstone prexy Donald DeLine and director of development Mark Vahradian will oversee the pic.

Bridges has shown his adeptness at genre spoofs with “Hot Shots” and “Hot Shots Part Deux.”

A parody veteran

Abrahams is a veteran of the spoof genre with exec producing credits on such pics as “Airplane,” “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad” and “The Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear.”

Marty Bauer of UTA brokered the deal for Abrahams.

Lee Stollman of the William Morris Agency repped Bridges.

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