Saturday, 21 January 2017

Joe Dante set to make Roger Corman biopic

Joe Dante all but owes the start of his work in film to pulp movie producer Roger Corman – Dante began his career editing trailers for Corman's company. Now news arrives via Entertainment Weekly that he is set to make a movie about the man himself, looking to start work on The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes next year.

This has been something of a passion project for Dante, who has been planning to make the movie for several years. It will dig into a particular period of Corman's career when he was preparing to make 1967 cult feature The Trip.

Dante is getting support from Company X, a new production outfit co-founded by Elijah Wood (Maniac), Daniel Noah (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), Josh C. Waller (Cooties), and Lisa Whalen, who are expanding their output from the indie horror movies they have been backing, such as The Greasy Strangler (2016). The company aided Dante in staging a live reading of the script last October, which featured Bill Hader (Superbad) as Corman, with Jason Ritter (Freddy Vs. Jason) as Peter Fonda (who starred in The Trip). Entertainment Weekly's report on the film's planned 2017 shoot doesn't mention if that will be the final cast, but there is a good chance they will still be attached.

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