Joan Rivers bio series starring Kathryn Hahn scrapped by Showtime

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Joan Rivers Kathryn Hahn The "WandaVison" histrion was primitively acceptable to prima arsenic the precocious comedienne successful a Showtime miniseries. Both: Getty Images

Turns retired Joan Rivers won’t beryllium coming backmost to beingness successful biopic-form anytime soon.

Last period it was announced that Kathryn Hahn, 48, would beryllium portraying the precocious comic and speech amusement big successful the Showtime miniseries “The Comeback Girl.”

Now those plans person been scrapped arsenic the network does not person Joan’s beingness rights, Variety reported.

The rights are presently held by the brash funnywoman’s daughter, Melissa. While the task could person gone the unauthorized route, Joan’s jokes and trademark catchphrases could not person been utilized without rankling Melissa oregon the estate.

“Trailblazer. Adored. Cruel. Diva. Joan Rivers had a beingness similar nary other,” the archetypal logline for “The Comeback Girl” had teased. “At property 54, she was a superstar comedienne … and past it each fell apart. THE COMEBACK GIRL is the awe-inspiring untold communicative of however Joan Rivers persevered done adjacent termination and nonrecreational abyss to rebuild herself and her vocation to go a planetary icon.”

The constricted bid was to beryllium produced by Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti.

Joan died successful 2014 at the property of 81, 1 week aft she stopped breathing during regular pharynx surgery.

Joan RiversJoan RIvers’ girl Melissa inactive holds the beingness rights of the precocious comedian and speech amusement host.Getty Images

Comedienne Sarah Silverman previously had thing to accidental astir Hahn’s casting. The 50-year-old called retired Hollywood earlier this period for casting non-Jewish actors to play Jewish characters, referring to the method arsenic “Jewface.”

After Hahn, whose roots tally heavy successful Catholicism, was archetypal announced, Silverman had this to accidental on her podcast: “There’s this agelong contented of non-Jews playing Jews, and not conscionable playing radical who hap to beryllium Jewish but radical whose Jewishness is their full being.

“One could argue, for instance, that a Gentile [a non-Jew] playing Joan Rivers correctly would beryllium doing what is really called ‘Jewface.’”

Silverman added that the casting is “defined arsenic erstwhile a non-Jew portrays a Jew with the Jewishness beforehand and center, often with constitution oregon changing of features, large fake nose, each the New York-y oregon Yiddish-y inflection. And successful a clip erstwhile the value of practice is seen arsenic truthful indispensable and truthful beforehand and center, wherefore does ours perpetually get breached adjacent contiguous successful the heavy of it?”

Rivers’ typical declined to remark to The Post, which besides reached retired to reps for Berlanti and Hahn, who didn’t instantly respond.