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Miramax, Kerrigan pact

Scribe signs firstlook multiyear deal

NEW YORK — Miramax has signed a first-look multiyear deal with Justin Kerrigan, the 25-year-old Brit writer-director of the rave-culture comedy “Human Traffic.”

A U.K. critical and box office success since opening in June, “Traffic” was the mini-major’s lone acquisition at this year’s Toronto Film Fest, where Miramax picked it up for just under $1 million.

Cut from a similar cloth as “Trainspotting,” pic follows the comic and sexual misadventures of five friends during a weekend-long Ecstasy- and alcohol-fueled party. Miramax has skedded pic for a summer 2000 release.

“It’s mind-blowing,” Kerrigan said of the deal. “It feels like I’m in a film.”

An honors graduate of the U. of Wales film program, Kerrigan has directed several programs for the BBC in London and HTV in Wales, including “Pubroom Paranoia,” “Party Politics” and “Life in the Bus Lane.”

Miramax director of development Jennifer Berman will oversee Kerrigan’s deal with the company, reporting to production prexy Meryl Poster.

Kerrigan is repped by ICM London.