The Trip director Michael Winterbottom is in early talks to helm RUSS & ROGER GO BEYOND. The comedic biopic follows the true story of when film critic Roger Ebert and softcore porn director Russ Meyer worked together to make the x-rated film Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, which was the first x-rated film to be released by a studio.
Will Ferrell is set to portray Meyer, while Josh Gad was offered the role of Ebert back in January. Emmy-winner Christopher Cluess, who is known for his work on SNL and The Simpsons, scripted the picture.
Winterbottom wrote and directed The Killer Inside Me , which starred Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson as well as The Trip sequel, The Trip To Italy, which starred Steve Coogan. He most recently executive produced the comedy Hello Carter, which starred Daredevil‘s Charlie Cox. Up next, his Russel Brand documentary Emperor’s New Clothes is awaiting release and he’s set to write/direct the Mila Kunis drama Shoshanna.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor