What's better than a cult film vet making a movie about the "King of the Bs?" How about a cult director from the new school starring as the beloved filmmaker? We're talking about Joe Dante's
new Roger Corman
biopic The Man with the Kaleidoscope Eyes
. The Telegraph is indicating that Quentin Tarantino
will be playing Corman in the film — which The King's Speech
star Colin Firth was originally rumored to lead. The news was blurbed in their headline, so we'd take this news with a grain of salt since Corman wasn't actually quoted. Still, we can see this actually being a thing — an amazing
thing. Here's what legendary movie producer Corman had to say about the upcoming film:
"It’s the story of how I made The Trip in the 1960s about LSD. It starred Jack Nicholson in one of his first roles, and I took LSD so I knew what it was all about. It was very controversial but it was the only American picture invited to the Cannes Film Festival that year."
The film was also written by Nicholson — Corman is known for giving some of Hollywood's best and brightest their first gig — and starred Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Bruce Dern. Shortly after The Trip's successful debut, Corman founded New World Pictures, carving a place for himself in the indie film world. It was then that Joe Dante made his 1978 film Piranha (his third movie).
As most fans know, QT has popped up in several of his own films — including the recently released Django Unchained. He (and his terrible accent) was the weakest part of that movie for this writer, but I've enjoyed him in other films, such as Reservoir Dogs. It will be interesting to see if QT can tone down his hyper nature for the part. Corman was like a buddha when I interviewed him a few years ago — calm, cool and eloquent.
These guys all seem like great pals, and Dante can do no wrong in our opinion. For more on Corman's recent exploits, visit The Telegraph
to read his interview in full.
: Joe Dante has denied QT's casting, telling Thompson on Hollywood
, "Quentin is a great filmmaker and a good friend, however there is absolutely no truth to the stories in the press and on the web that he is going to play Roger Corman in my upcoming film 'The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes.'
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