Russell Crowe to Direct Bill Hicks Biopic

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Russell Crowe is set to direct a biopic based on the life of brilliant stand-up comedian Bill Hicks.  According to The Telegraph, Crowe is teaming up with his longtime friend Mark Staufer, who wrote the script.  For those unfamiliar with Hicks, I highly recommend checking out some his stand-up.  It’s not only funny, but disturbingly prescient and relevant.  “Bill Hicks’ life is tragically short, but spectacularly interesting,” Staufer said. “The screenplay has gone through a number of drafts and we’ll go into production early next year.”

Crowe had been involved with the project for several years, and at one point was also set to star, but now it looks like he’ll only be directing.  The production will cast a wide net in trying to get the right actor for Hicks, and I’m curious to see if they’re willing to go with an unknown if that means getting the right guy for the part.  Crowe recently directed a segment in the upcoming anthology film Sydney Unplugged, and he’ll next be seen in RZA‘s martial arts action flick The Man with the Iron Fists.  Hit the jump to see some of Hicks’ stand-up.

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  • Karnaan

    when they first announced this with him speculated to star the only person I could think of to play the man himself was Sam Rockwell.

  • Roger Flanagan

    Making a biopic about Bill Hicks is the exact opposite of what he stood for as a person and comedian. The guy was genuine throughout his entire career and now some studio and Russell Crowe of all people is going to direct the film. That’s a bummer, there’s already a doc out about him that sums up his life really well, hopefully funding falls through on this project.

  • Roger Flanagan

    Making a biopic about Bill Hicks is the exact opposite of what he stood for as a person and comedian. The guy was genuine throughout his entire career and now some studio and Russell Crowe of all people is going to direct the film. That\’s a bummer, there\’s already a doc out about him that sums up his life really well, hopefully funding falls through on this project.

  • Mark Staufer

    Not sure what makes Roger Flanagan an expert on Bill.
    On what Bill stood for, and why his being genuine would mean he shouldn’t be the subject of an honest biopic.
    After working on this screenplay for five years with Russell Crowe what I can tell you is that we’re both determined and dedicated to do Bill’s legacy justice.

  • Mark Staufer

    Not sure what makes Roger Flanagan an expert on Bill.
    On what Bill stood for, and why his being genuine would mean he shouldn\’t be the subject of an honest biopic.
    After working on this screenplay for five years with Russell Crowe what I can tell you is that we\’re both determined and dedicated to do Bill\’s legacy justice.

  • Mark Staufer

    Not sure what makes Roger Flanagan an expert on Bill.
    On what Bill stood for, and why his being genuine would mean he shouldn\\\’t be the subject of an honest biopic.
    After working on this screenplay for five years with Russell Crowe what I can tell you is that we\\\’re both determined and dedicated to do Bill\\\’s legacy justice.

  • Sir Reginald

    This guy. Chris Maslen. Seattle actor ive seen on stage a lot. also did stand up. very hicks style. awesome. he did an audition vid. watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U46NByDO-1U

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