Joe Dante's Long-Gestating Roger Corman Biopic Heads Toward Production--without Tarantino (UPDATE)

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by Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
September 20, 2013 1:27 PM
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Roger Corman in 1970

Joe Dante's long-gestating biopic on B-movie legend Roger Corman, "The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes," is finally headed toward production. Per the Dissolve, Corman himself is set to make a cameo in the film. UPDATE: Dante is in the process of casting the film, but has no final news on who will star. One person who will not play Corman is Quentin Tarantino, states Dante:

"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.'"

"Kaleidoscope Eyes" centers on Corman's production of 1967's LSD extravaganza "The Trip," starring Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern and Dennis Hopper. The story goes that as a means of pre-production, Corman and his crew headed to Big Sur and swapped turns tripping and then coming down.

Dante got his start in the industry working for Corman, who produced Dante's "Hollywood Boulevard" (1976) and "Piranha" (1978). In 2009 they collaborated for Netflix's first original-content foray, web series "Splatter."

Dante's history with "Kaleidoscope Eyes" dates back to early 2007, when he tried to sell it at the Berlinale market. Per Screen Daily, producer Said Ben Said has now stepped in to produce the film via his banner SBS Productions.

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