4th Row Films’ producers Douglas Tirola and Susan Bedusa have optioned the exclusive rights to the story of National Lampoon and access to its archive. The company will produce a feature documentary to be directed by Tirola. Tirola’s past two films are “All In: The Poker Move,” which won at the 2009 Cinevegas and “An Omar Broadway Film” which premiered at Tribeca. 4th Row Films also produced the Berlinale favorite “Making the Boys.” The film will follow the steps between the Harvard Lampoon to the Hollywood powerhouse that it came to be.
In anticipation of directing the project, Tirola said, “As a kid I loved all things National Lampoon, and as I have come to understand all of the talented and influential people that have worked with the Lampoon, I realized on some level, I have never actually stopped reading, listening or watching the National Lampoon. It is still alive in what we watch every day. Our goal is to tell the story of National Lampoon in a way that takes audiences back to an era with all of the laughs and tragedies that came along with it.”
Tirola and Bedusa (with help from David Lubliner and Liesl Copland at William Morris Endeavor) negotiated the deal with National Lampoon’s Tim Durham.