‘Traffic’ cops day

Brit hit nabbed by Miramax at Toronto fest

TORONTO — Miramax Films has acquired North American rights to the British rave pic “Human Traffic,” written and directed by Justin Kerrigan.

The film, already a box office hit in the U.K., screened at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in the Discovery section. Miramax execs were taken by the style and verve of the comedy and pacted to distribute it there and then.

‘A gift for comedy’

“Justin is definitely one of the most exciting young filmmakers of his generation,” commented Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “He combines a great sense of style with a gift for comedy.”

“Traffic” concerns five close friends and their intense weekend of partying. The ensemble cast includes John Simm, Lorraine Pilkington, Shaun Parkes, Danny Dyer, Nicola Reynolds and Andrew Lincoln.

Renata Aly exec produced the pic, with Allan Niblo and Emer McCourt taking co-producing chores. Kerrigan, who has worked extensively in television, is currently writing the pilot for a 10-part BBC comedy-drama series.

Matt Brodlie brought the pic into Miramax. Jason Blum, Amy Israel and Jason Zelin negotiated for the distrib, with Redeemable Features’ Ira Deutchman and Peter Newman, and Irish Screen, who repped the filmmakers.

Renaissance Films’ Bill Stephens is handling foreign sales on the pic outside the U.K. and U.S.