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Sam Kinison biopic finally making it to the big screen?

Nov. 17, 2010by: Mike Sampson

A Sam Kinison biopic has been in the works almost since his death in 1992. Howard Stern and Robin Williams were both producing the film at one point but eventually the feature film prospects faded and in 2008 it looked like Tom Shadyac had finally cracked the code: a made-for-TV movie on HBO starring Dan Fogler.

Two years later that film is still languishing in development hell but HBO isn't ready to give up on the film yet. In fact, they're so confident, they're using their HBO Films production company to get the film ready for the big screen. Shadyac (ACE VENTURA) is still attached to direct but it looks like Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini who wrote the 2008 script (and also the lovely AMERICAN SPLENDOR) have been jettisoned for a new script from Rich Wilkes (the xXx series).

It's unclear if Folger is still attached to star. He seemed like the perfect star for the TV movie but if they're going with a big theatrical release, they may look for a bigger name to help with financing. I'd love to see Jonah Hill take a leap into the dramatic with this role but we'll see...

Source: Variety

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10:12PM on 11/17/2010
I hate Kinison, personally. He's not funny, or entertaining.
I hate Kinison, personally. He's not funny, or entertaining.
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7:29PM on 11/17/2010
Kinison isn't funny, screaming your punch line as loudly as you can isn't funny it's annoying and the idea of sitting though a whole movie with him doing this sounds terrible.
Kinison isn't funny, screaming your punch line as loudly as you can isn't funny it's annoying and the idea of sitting though a whole movie with him doing this sounds terrible.
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6:08PM on 11/17/2010
I'd also like to see George Carlin biopic ala Man on the Moon, he had quite an interesting life story that would make a great movie. Rodney Dangerfields life would make for a great biopic as well.
I'd also like to see George Carlin biopic ala Man on the Moon, he had quite an interesting life story that would make a great movie. Rodney Dangerfields life would make for a great biopic as well.
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3:49PM on 11/17/2010

Hmm thought Jonah Hill too

Hill just needs to fatten up a little more.

Hill just needs to fatten up a little more.

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3:49PM on 11/17/2010

Aaaaaah! Aaaaaah! One's out of his box!!

I'm there.
Kinison is a favorite. Fogler is a favorite. Fogler would be perfect for Kinison. He has shown some inner Kinison already in Fanboys and Balls of Fury. However, producers can find another great fit with a bigger name. Sam inspired lots of people. Maybe, a big name would be willing to put on weight for a good script and likely critical acclaim.
We could give stand-up Paul Reubens the role. But, we still have to EXECUTE PEE-WEE! Aaaaaah! Aaaaaah! Live From Hell. We miss you, Sam.
I'm there.
Kinison is a favorite. Fogler is a favorite. Fogler would be perfect for Kinison. He has shown some inner Kinison already in Fanboys and Balls of Fury. However, producers can find another great fit with a bigger name. Sam inspired lots of people. Maybe, a big name would be willing to put on weight for a good script and likely critical acclaim.
We could give stand-up Paul Reubens the role. But, we still have to EXECUTE PEE-WEE! Aaaaaah! Aaaaaah! Live From Hell. We miss you, Sam.
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3:39PM on 11/17/2010

Sam Kinison would make a great biopic

Get Fogle on it, a bunch of cocaine, big boobs and a bad ass soundtrack and you got yourselves a great movie. Guy totally got that life was one big tragic comedy.
Get Fogle on it, a bunch of cocaine, big boobs and a bad ass soundtrack and you got yourselves a great movie. Guy totally got that life was one big tragic comedy.
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2:52PM on 11/17/2010
I'm not really sure who this guy is (and I've seen Back to School. Just don't remember his part) but if the writers of American Splendor are involved, I'm in.
I'm not really sure who this guy is (and I've seen Back to School. Just don't remember his part) but if the writers of American Splendor are involved, I'm in.
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11:44AM on 11/17/2010
fogler would be great! bobby moynihan did a great impression on SNL once, but he would never get cast.
fogler would be great! bobby moynihan did a great impression on SNL once, but he would never get cast.
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11:40AM on 11/17/2010
His cameo in "Back To School" was amazing. I mean you had Kinison AND Dangerfield in one movie in the same scenes.
His cameo in "Back To School" was amazing. I mean you had Kinison AND Dangerfield in one movie in the same scenes.
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10:45AM on 11/17/2010

Kinison Forever!

Kinison was best during the dark stand-up in the late 80's & early 90's. So was Dice till he curdled. No one has ever been able to match the dark & vulgar humour like those two could since. Jonah Hill would be an awful choice. He can't act his way out of a paper-bag. He's only good in a limited role in a ensemble cast.
Kinison was best during the dark stand-up in the late 80's & early 90's. So was Dice till he curdled. No one has ever been able to match the dark & vulgar humour like those two could since. Jonah Hill would be an awful choice. He can't act his way out of a paper-bag. He's only good in a limited role in a ensemble cast.
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9:47AM on 11/17/2010

Ummm.....Belushi?

I've honestly never understood the appeal of Kinison. Some of his stand-up is pretty funny but his screaming bullshit always ruined it for me.

I want a Belushia biopic far more.
I've honestly never understood the appeal of Kinison. Some of his stand-up is pretty funny but his screaming bullshit always ruined it for me.

I want a Belushia biopic far more.
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12:16PM on 11/17/2010
Kinison has an interesting backstory. He was a crazy Pentecostal preacher turned raunchy stand-up.
Kinison has an interesting backstory. He was a crazy Pentecostal preacher turned raunchy stand-up.
3:37PM on 11/17/2010
Ummm...Wired?
I admit I haven't seen it mainly because it's Arli$$ doing Belushi. Still, at least JB has a biopic already.
Ummm...Wired?
I admit I haven't seen it mainly because it's Arli$$ doing Belushi. Still, at least JB has a biopic already.