Did You Know: This Fake 'Seinfeld' Movie Was Based on a Real Script Written by Larry David?

Did You Know: This Fake 'Seinfeld' Movie Was Based on a Real Script Written by Larry David?

Aug 15, 2013

The other day we brought you a bunch of great fake movie posters tied to several of the fake movies featured in the TV show Seinfeld. When Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George weren't arguing about real movies, like Schindler's List and The English Patient, they were arguing about fake ones, like Rochelle Rochelle, Sack Lunch and Prognosis Negative. Many of these were fake titles that played off clichéd themes found in movies, but at least one of these fake movies was actually based off a very real screenplay written by Seinfeld cocreator Larry David in the '80s. Which one?

Prognosis Negative.

Yup, the fake movie that everyone interprets as some medical thriller was, in reality, something of a romantic comedy. David told NPR's Terry Gross in an interview once that Prognosis Negative "... is about a single guy who is unable to commit to a relationship. He finds out an ex-girlfriend has six months to live and decides it's perfect... he can commit without worrying about the long-term consequences.”

The term "prognosis negative" showed up more than once throughout the show's run, appearing mainly as a movie title, except in one episode when Elaine reports back to Jerry regarding the outcome of an operation performed on her boyfriend Roy by walking into his apartment and exclaiming, "Prognosis negative!"

Here's the fake movie poster created by NextMovie, but like others we've seen (including this fake trailer), it doesn't have anything to do with what the real movie was actually about. Feel free to cut together a fake poster that better represents it, and then tweet it at us @moviesdotcom. We'll throw whatever you send us into this post.



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