Divorce isn’t exactly a taboo subject in the movies; Kramer vs. Kramer won a handful of Academy Awards in 1980, and many films ranging from the 1961 international hit Divorce, Italian Style to more recent flicks like Le Divorce have made light of the subject in various ways. Even Collaborative Divorce got a mention in last year’s indie hit Juno, although the movie incorrectly stated that both spouses share a lawyer in the process. More recently, two TV comedy writers have decided to turn their real-life experiences as adult children of divorce into a movie satire—and Miramax has chosen to develop it.
Former Daily Show Scribe Co-Writes Comedy on Adult Children of Divorce
Tentatively titled A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce), the movie will tell the story of a man whose parents‘ divorce 15 years earlier continues to haunt him. The protagonist finds out that he was a subject of an academic study about children of divorce, and now the researchers want to follow up in his adulthood. Hilarity ensues when the new study interferes with the lives of his current family.
“We’re very glad to get the validation from Miramax,” screenwriters Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman told the Hollywood Reporter, “especially since we’ve been working on the script longer than any of our parents were married.”
Karlin is best known for his work on the satirical news shows The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report: he is a past head writer for the former and a co-creator of the latter. Zicherman, who is slated to direct the film, was a co-creator of the short-lived ABC drama series Six Degrees. Both writers will also co-produce the film along with Bobby Cohen, who has worked on The Cider House Rules and Memoirs of a Geisha.
Ben Karlin, 37, began his comedy-writing career in the early ’90s with the now-very-popular parody newspaper The Onion. He has also written for Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and later was a co-editor of the bestselling Daily Show book, America (The Book).