Josh Gad to Play Sam Kinison

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Josh Gad to Play Sam Kinison

A biopic based on the late Sam Kinison’s tumultuous life has been in the works for nearly five years now. The film was originally slated for an HBO release back in 2008, but work on the project soon came to a halt. However, Deadline reports that with a new director, writer and star attached to the film, the project will finally see the light of day.

Josh Gad  (The Book of Mormon, Jobs) will star as the iconic comedian and Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) will direct the film. Bill Permut will produce the film, which is based on the book Brother Sam by Sam’s brother, Bill Kinison, who will serve as executive producer alongside Tom Shadyac.

Sam Kinison was a preacher-turned-comedian who rose to fame in the early ‘80s after an appearance on Rodney Dangerfield’s young comedians special. Kinison became a star on the stand-up scene but struggled with addiction throughout most of his stardom. After overcoming his addictions, Kinison tragically died in a car crash in 1992.

“There was nothing conventional about Sam Kinison and neither will be the cinematic interpretation of his life,” Bill Permut states. “Larry Charles is the perfect director to bring Rich Wilkes’ incredible script to screen, and Josh Gad’s tremendous ability to morph into a role will bring great depth to Kinison’s larger than life persona.”