Miramax claims Sweeney’s ‘God’

Tarantino financed film based on staged version

NEW YORK — Miramax Films confirmed Thursday that it has acquired worldwide rights to the film version of Julia Sweeney’s one-woman show, “God Said, Ha!”

A cast member of “Saturday Night Live” for four years, Sweeney wrote and directed the film recounting her battle with cancer and her brother’s death from the disease.

In addition to spawning a film, the stage production, which ran on Broadway and in Los Angeles, has led to a Bantam trade paperback.

The film version of “God” was produced by Rana Joy Glickman and exec produced by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino financed the film based on Greg Kachel’s stage production. Kachel was co-producer of the bigscreen adaptation.

On behalf of Miramax, the deal was negotiated by co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, exec vice president in the office of the co-chairman Charles Layton and Andrew Herwitz, senior veep of acquisitions and biz affairs.

The film was packaged and sold to Miramax by the William Morris Agency.