HBO to Celebrate Brother Sam
Mon, 24 Nov 2008 15:26:05
HBO will produce a telepic based on the turbulent life of late comedian Sam Kinison. The network is often credited as responsible for launching the raunchy, burly comic's career with the 1984-released Young Comedians special, and will celebrate Kinison with Brother Sam. Tom Shadyac will direct the film, which is based on Brother Sam: The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison, a memoir penned by Kinison's brother and manager, Bill Kinison, with Steve Delsohn. The script is currently being revised.
Actor Dan Fogler will portray Kinison. Bill Kinison will also executive produce the picture. Shadyac has been attached to the project for quite some time, having spent a jaw-dropping eight years trying to get the film made as a theatrical feature at Universal, but those plans stalled in favor of the HBO flick. Kinison was killed in a car accident in 1992.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff