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Pie spins talent into TV and film

Summer hit American Pie, which grossed an eye-opening US$64.5 million in its first 17 days of release, has already spun off hot young talent into a possible sitcom and several new features for teens....
September 1, 1999

Summer hit American Pie, which grossed an eye-opening US$64.5 million in its first 17 days of release, has already spun off hot young talent into a possible sitcom and several new features for teens.

The WB Network has reportedly offered brothers Paul and Chris Weitz (who respectively directed and produced the raunchy feature) payment in the high six figures for 13 episodes of a half-hour sitcom to debut during the 2000/2001 season. While no studio has been chosen to produce, both DreamWorks and Warner Bros. Television are said to be interested.

A pilot is still in the works, but the brothers say the show will have nothing to do with American Pie, will likely be autobiographical in nature, and will star 20-something actors.

On the acting side, newbie Jason Biggs, who starred in American Pie, has just signed a two-film deal with Miramax Films. The first feature, a romantic comedy called Boys and Girls, goes into production under the Dimension Films label this October, with Robert Iscove (She’s All That) directing and Freddie Prinze Jr. starring.

Biggs is the second American Pie star to be snapped up by Miramax. Shannon Elizabeth signed a two-film deal in early July, with production already underway for the first film, Dimension’s Scream if You Know What I Did Last Halloween.

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