Forget zombies, sequels, and remakes. Gimme more biopics.
The upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic with Sacha Baron Cohen in as the Queen frontman goes into production this spring according to IMDb, which means that sometime by the end of this year we could get a trailer or at least a few teaser pictures from the set. Mama mia!
I was absolutely manic when it came to getting news about the Lincoln movie and this should be no different. It's been a while since the world has seen a big, dumb rock and roll biopic. André Benjamin's Jimi Hendrix flick looks rather small, though the first pics of him as Jimi look interesting. At 37 he's a bit old to be playing a guy that died at 27 though.
Naomi Watts is finishing up a Princess Diana biopic and jumping into a Marilyn Monroe piece, the details of which are hazy. Grace of Monaco with Nicole Kidman is filming right now for a 2014 release, and if John Cusack's stars align, his Rush Limbaugh movie will hit in the next year or so.
My Dinner with Herve starring Peter Dinklage as Hervé Villechaize sounds amazing.
But what other biopics do I really wish were getting made? Well for starters, I don't wanna see the Janis Joplin or Linda Lovelace movies, that's for damned sure. Too much hype and too much time has passed.
David Koresh And Mount Carmel
Yes there was the quickie TV movie with Tim Daly in the '90s, but there needs to be a big budget theatrical look at the Waco tragedy. David Fincher, anyone? Time has passed and there are still questions about what actually happened. It would be a great, meaty role for a leading man too.
Almost a permanent resident in Development Hell for the past two decades, a Richard Pryor biopic still seems like a good idea, as long as the star is quality and not just someone who looks like Pryor. Same goes with the rumored Bill Hicks movie starring Russell Crowe, which has never gone past discussion. I think that the Hicks doc American: The Bill Hicks Story will suffice for now.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Unless you are obsessed with Texas history, and not just the kind related to oil or the Alamo, you may not know who Zaharias was. The Port Arthur-born, Beaumont-bred Jill Of All Trades excelled in sports, including golf, track, basketball, and softball, with minors in bowling and diving. On top of all this she was a champion seamstress, a vaudeville performer, a recording artist, and basically smashed any ideals of conventional feminine roles in society with a brick. All this happened before she died at the age of 45 due to colon cancer, in a Galveston hospital.
I'm glad that Jim Carrey never ended up making this with the Farrelly Brothers (icccccccccccck) but I am sad that the story of the "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" mastermind hasn't been brought to the big screen yet. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been bandied about (per the norm) but nothing stuck, and it's reported price-tag of $175 million wasn't exactly something for studios to be thrilled about. Ripley was a weird lookin' fella, so a leading man would really need to dig into this role.
A sad Texas event, with a sniper in the UT tower picking off innocents in the middle of a summer. Whitman's life was actually very conflicted and strange, with a domineering father and a shaky military history. Could be a great cautionary tale.
None other than Johnny Depp was circling this project years back. The subject could obviously open the door for great visuals and tie-ins if treated correctly. A peek into his creative habitat would be fantastic. How does a grown man think up a Grinch?
Rob Zombie, what are you doing after The Lords of Salem?
Saturday Night Live's Early Years
If you read Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live you know that early days SNL were marked by drugs of all kinds, strange bedfellows, and some of the best sketch comedy to ever be televised. Now imagine those times dramatized with some of today's best young actors. Can Bill Murray play himself?
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German filmmaker Riefenstahl was the woman behind the lens behind most the Nazi Party's propaganda films -- which she termed as "documentaries" -- and was said to be Hitler's favorite director. The Triumph Of The Will director died in 2003 at the age of 101. Apparently Steven Soderbergh spent the better part of a year trying to fashion her story into something palatable but ultimately abandoned the project.
This was supposed to happen a decade ago withe Don Cheadle as Davis but I haven't heard a peep since at least 2009. isn't it time to make a Davis movie though? He's been dead over 20 years or so, and he was kind of a dick in real life, which people should know about. What about John Coltrane?