HBO announces Sam Kinison biopic

HBO helped launch late comedian Sam Kinison's career (he appeared on a Young Comedians special in 1984), and so it's only fitting that it would be the studio to air his new biopic, Brother Sam. The film will be directed by Tom Shadyac, and Kinison will be portrayed by Dan Fogler.

After eight years of trying to get a feature underway at Universal Pictures, the project moved to HBO. The film will be based on Brother Sam: The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison, a memior of the comedian's life by Bill Kinison (his brother and manager) and Steve Delsohn. The adapted script is being written by American Splendor scribes Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.

Kinison, who was a one-time Pentecostal preacher, died in a car accident in 1992 at age 38, only six days after marrying his girlfriend. There is currently no premiere date planned for the film.

Related links:
YouTube: Kinison's first Letterman appearance
Sam Kinison on IMDb

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