Vivendi Entertainment on 'American' express


Vivendi Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to David Zucker's "An American Comedy," which it plans to release theatrically nationwide Oct. 3.

The flag-waving variation on "A Christmas Carol" follows a cynical filmmaker who has been trying to abolish the Fourth of July. He is visited by three ghosts who teach him the meaning of America.

Zucker co-wrote and directed the film, which he produced with Mpower Pictures' Stephen McEveety and John Shepherd. Zucker's co-writers are Lewis Friedman and Myrna Sokoloff. Sokoloff also executive produced.

The cast includes Kevin Farley, Kelsey Grammer and Jon Voight.

The deal was brokered by Yolanda Macias for Vivendi and Todd Burns for Mpower. (partialdiff)