Monday, 29 June 2015

Rob Zombie set to adapt Groucho Marx memoir

Rob Zombie (The Devil's Rejects) looks set to expand beyond the horror genre, with word arriving via Deadline that he has acquired the rights to Steve Stoliar's memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's about the later days of Groucho Marx.

Oren Moverman (I'm Not There) is writing the script based on Stoliar's book, which chronicles his time spent as Groucho's personal secretary and archivist in the years before the comedy legend died. His unusual job meant he not only got to know one of his heroes, but also some of those in the man's life including brothers Zeppo and Gummo, plus George Burns, Mae West, Jack Lemmon, Bob Hope and more. And though it might have seemed like a dream assignment, he also had nightmarishly tough encounters with the spiky Erin Fleming, the woman who ran Groucho's life during those twilight times.

Zombie might not be the first person you would expect to tackle this subject, but he has certainly got the fan base credentials. "I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan ever since I was a child and have read countless books on the comic legend, but after reading the book Raised Eyebrows, a totally new perspective on Grouch's life emerged," he tells Deadline. "I immediately saw this project as Grouch's Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen. It is a sad, funny and very dark tale of a one of Hollywood's greatest stars final years."

The film won't be his next job, though. He is currently shooting horror thriller 31, about a group of people kidnapped and taken to a killer funhouse called Murder World. And he has several other projects in development, including Broad Street Bullies, about the scrap happy 1970s years of hockey team the Philadelphia Flyers.

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