Newswire: A&E and National Lampoon are fighting over a new show about the magazine’s founding

It’s apparently National Lampoon season right now in Hollywood, when the screenwriters and producers of today try to emulate the comic legends of yesteryear. We’ve already reported quite a bit on A Futile And Stupid Gesture, Netflix and David Wain’s star-studded biopic about the magazine’s founding, which features Will Forte in the key role of magazine co-founder Doug Kenney. Now, A&E has announced that it’s starting development on a Lampoon show of its own, a “fictionalized” series based on a recent documentary centering on those same events. At least, that’s their intent.

But the efforts to transform Douglas Tirola’s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead into a TV series have hit a snag, with opposition coming from National Lampoon, Inc., the company that now owns the magazine’s trademark. Company president Alan Donnes—who was a writer and producer on National Lampoon-branded fare like Another …

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