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Miramax Acquires Larry Doyle's '1974'

9 May, 2001 By: Hive News

Miramax Films has acquired 1974, a campus comedy by Larry Doyle, the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of "The Simpsons" andauthor of the comic strip "Bad Publicity" in New York magazine.

1974, the story of two college freshmen who, while just trying to have some fun, accidentally start the conservative youth movement and the "Me" decade, is part of a multi-picture deal between Doyle and Miramax.

Miramax previously captured the rights to Doyle's film Duplex, starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore, with Stuart Cornfeld and Nancy Juvoven producing.

Miramax also previously acquired Doyle's Life Without Leann.

Prior to serving as a writer-producer on "The Simpsons" for the past four seasons, Doyle penned the revived "Pogo" comic strip, which was syndicated in more than 300 newspapers nationwide. Doyle has also contributed humor pieces for The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Harpers, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, SPY and the National Lampoon. He recentlycompleted an animated pilot, "Monkeys," for Imagine Television and FBC.

"Larry is not only hilarious, but is also a true professional," said Meryl Poster, Miramax co-president. "His incredibly rare combination of qualities makes it especially exciting to be working with him."

"I'm especially excited to be writing this movie for Miramax," said Doyle. "I'm glad that all those years at college paid off."

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