Advance warning: You’re probably not going to want to bring the kids to the theater on this one. Just a guess.
That’s because Jackal Group—currently developing the animated Addams Family movie—has also announced that it’s developing a biopic on legendarily blue stand-up comedian George Carlin, which is slated to be written by Stan Chervin, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter on Moneyball.
Carlin is of course a legend in the public eye for any number of comedic appearances over more than 50 years of performing, from his iconic “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” to acting roles that included the likes of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 71, and was awarded the Mark Twain prize for American humor from the Kennedy Center in the same year.
The film has a long list of producers; among them Jerry Hamza, Carlin’s longtime manager and the executor of the Carlin estate. Speaking on the project, Hamza said it was only after Carlin’s death that he realized “he was a hero.”
“As a performer, George would never ‘sell out,’ and never compromise his beliefs,” Hamza said. “I learned so much from him. I think the public will be very happy to learn about George’s life. He was truly the top of the ladder in his field.”
Joe Earley and Gail Berman from The Jackal Group also made a statement on their respect for Carlin, saying the following:
“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best. In addition to shaping comedy and culture for decades and entertaining generations of audiences, Carlin’s battle to protect free speech continues to impact our daily lives and is as relevant as ever.”
No word has yet been released on the timeframe for the project, or who might actually be a good fit to play different versions of Carlin throughout his life. What’s your George Carlin fantasy casting?