Joe Dante has been developing a comedy film about the making of Roger Corman’s The Trip for some time now. I remember when it was expected to go into production, back in 2007 or so, and Dante promised cameos from Jonathan Demme, John Sayles and Martin Scorsese – every one of them a debtor to Corman. That didn’t happen, but it seems that the director is coming back for another bite of the cherry.
He told Digital Spy:
Roger’s a great guy. I have a project about him, a movie called The Man With The Kaleidoscope Eyes about Roger Corman making The Trip, which is a comedy. Colin Firth wants to play Roger, so we’re looking around for funding.
Now, if Firth really is attached, I’m sure funding will be forthcoming. He was already coasting on love for his performance in A Single Man, then wowed the crowds at Toronto with his turn in The King’s Speech. I think he could fish up a greenlight for pretty much anything low budget at the moment.
Dante’s The Hole 3D is imminently forthcoming. It’s very much a film for thirteen year olds – or people who can get back on touch with their inner thirteen year old – and I liked it a great deal.