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Goldwyn gets Serious for Aussie ‘Accident’

'Young Einstein' helmer to direct MGM comedy

Goldwyn Films, the specialty unit of MGM formed late last year to finance and distribute independent features, has inked its first production deal, picking up the tab for Oz comedy “Mr. Accident,” to be written, produced, directed and toplined by Yahoo Serious, who came to American screens a decade ago as “Young Einstein.”

Pic focuses on a hopelessly accident-prone guy who discovers his employer’s plan to market nicotine-spiked eggs, and then enlists the help of the boss’s girlfriend to foil the scheme.

“This is the kind of film Goldwyn was designed to do,” said Larry Gleason, MGM’s president of worldwide distribution, and head of the Goldwyn unit. “It’s a physical comedy that we think will be able to translate well internationally.”

Budget will come in below $10 million, according to the studio.

Serious also starred and directed in the 1993 comedy “Reckless Kelly,” which Warner Bros. distributed.

Goldwyn’s first acquisition, Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh,” was released earlier this year. Its next release will be Thom Fitzgerald’s “The Hanging Garden,” set to debut Friday.