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Miramax pens pic pact

Beeb 'Genie' mini to be adapted into feature

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, whose latest work, “Kimberly Akimbo,” just preemed at South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa, is in final talks to close a two-script deal with Miramax.

The first project will be “Bernard and the Genie,” a miniseries Richard Curtis wrote for the BBC that Lindsay-Abaire will adapt as a feature for the mini-major.

Pic is a comedy about a 2,000-year-old genie who comes to the rescue of a man who’s lost his job and his girlfriend. It’s the sort of story that should suit the absurdist sensibility evident in Lindsay-Abaire’s plays, which include 1999’s “Fuddy Meers.”

The second project for Miramax hasn’t yet been determined.

Stage and screen

Unusual among contemporary dramatists, Lindsay-Abaire has been writing for both screen and stage since he emerged from the Juilliard playwriting program with an overall deal at Fox. Gersh reps the writer on both fronts.

He wrote the feature script “Road to Ruin” for Fox 2000 as well as an animated feature for the studio called “Robotworld.”

Lindsay-Abaire’s latest play, “Wonder of the World,” recently was postponed by the Manhattan Theater Club. It will open at that venue, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, in the fall.

Miramax veep of development Jennifer Berman will oversee “Bernard and the Genie.”