Miramax develops 'Divorce'

Satirical comedy from Ben Karlin, Stu Zicherman

NEW YORK -- Divorce is a traumatic experience for millions of families, and Miramax hopes to heal their pain through the gift of very twisted laughter.

The studio is developing "Daily Show" head writer Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman's satirical comedy "A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce)," the story of a grown man still caught in the crossfire of his parents' 15-year-old divorce.

Zicherman, co-writer/creator of ABC's "Six Degrees," is slated to direct the film and produce it with Karlin and Bobby Cohen ("Revolutionary Road").

"We're very glad to get the validation from Miramax, especially since we've been working on the script longer than any of our parents were married," Karlin and Zicherman said.

In the tentatively titled "A.C.O.D.," which Miramax acquired on spec, the lead character discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children. He's enlisted in a follow-up years later that wreaks new havoc on his family.

The WMA-repped Zicherman is co-writing an untitled romantic comedy for Scott Stuber/Depth of Field and Universal with Raven Metzner. Karlin, repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, is also a co-creator of "The Colbert Report."