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‘Mama’ mia at Miramax

Griffin, Daniels laffer snapped up after bidding war

HOLLYWOOD — Following a snappy bidding war, Miramax Films is buying “My Baby’s Mama,” a comedy penned by Eddie Griffin and Damon “Coke” Daniels. Griffin will star in the pic with John Leguizamo and LL Cool J.

Griffin will also produce the film with Immortal Entertainment and Brillstein-Grey Entertainment.

Although the actors’ deals were still being closed late Friday, they are expected to each receive generous seven-figure paydays, with longtime friends Griffin and Daniels earning mid-six figures for their first script.

Described as “Three Men and a Baby” meets “Friday,” Miramax is already searching for a director on “My Baby’s Mama” in order to prep the project for a fall start.

Lil’ Kim also has a supporting role.

Early this year, Griffin pitched his idea — a comedy about African-American dads who must come to terms with taking responsibility for their kids — with Daniels to Immortal, which paid the duo to write and develop the screenplay. Immortal then packaged the project with the William Morris Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment’s Jeff Golenberg before taking it to the marketplace last Tuesday.

“My Baby’s Mama” also inspired keen interest from New Line Cinema and USA Films, with New Line making a last-second push to buy the project after Miramax had all but sewn it up on Friday morning.

However, Miramax showed passion for the project from the beginning — going so far as to take the project from Dimension Films, where Griffin brought it first.

Immortal’s Happy Walters and Matt Weaver will produce with Griffin. Griffin’s manager, Peter Safran of Brillstein-Grey, will serve as executive producer.

Griffin, who is also repped by WMA, will next be seen in New Line’s “John Q” and Universal Pictures/Imagine’s “Undercover Brother.”

Leguizamo and LL Cool J are both repped by WMA and 3 Arts Entertainment. Lil’ Kim is repped by Rock Management, Daniels by Renegade.

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