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

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 20, 2013 at 1:27PM

Joe Dante's long-gestating biopic on B-movie legend Roger Corman, "The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes," may finally be headed toward production. Per the Dissolve, Corman himself is set to make a cameo in the film.
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Roger Corman in 1970
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.