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Report: Joan Rivers miniseries starring Kathryn Hahn not going forward

This Oct. 5, 2009 file photo shows Joan

This Oct. 5, 2009 file photo shows Joan Rivers (L) posing as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, France. Kathryn Hahn arrives the 73rd Emmy Awards Performers Nominee Celebration on  Sept. 17, 2021, at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.  Credit: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau; Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Showtime's reported Joan Rivers biography miniseries starring Kathryn Hahn has halted development.

The trade magazine Variety, which announced last month that "The Comeback Girl" was set to be directed by Greg Berlanti and star two-time Emmy nominee Hahn, was not proceeding because Rivers' life rights had not been obtained from the groundbreaking standup comic's daughter, Melissa Rivers.

Variety noted that an unauthorized production based on the historical record could not include Rivers' "jokes or catchphrases," presumably copyrighted. Neither Melissa Rivers nor Berlanti has commented publicly and Hahn, an executive producer along with Berlanti, has no social-media accounts. Neither Showtime nor the reported studio, Warner Bros., has formally acknowledged the production. Variety said the script, by Cosmo Carlson, was set primarily after the cancellation of Joan Rivers' 1986-88 Fox late-night talk show, when her husband Edgar Rosenberg, Melissa Rivers' father, committed suicide. Joan Rivers died in September 2014 at age 81.

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