Russell Crowe To Helm Biopic Of Dead Standup Bill Hicks

An interesting development reported on by the Daily Telegraph: dead comedian Bill Hicks is in the sights of Russell Crowe. Crowe, who had been rumored to want to star as Hicks himself, will instead be directing the film. Hicks died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 32 in 1994. Crowe is teaming up with Mark Staufer, who has written the script, and production is expected to start next year.

What does this mean? Crowe has been fascinated with bringing a biopic of Hicks to the big screen for quite some time, having been attached to star as Hicks at one point, but him getting behind the camera in this sort of project will be interesting to say the least. Crowe has worked with a veritable who’s who of directors in Hollywood; what sort of lessons he’s learned from working with Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Tom Hooper, Michael Mann and Sam Raimi among others. Every actor also wants to direct, it seems, and now Crowe has found that dream project. Whoever is cast to play Hicks will be interesting as well; having one of the best actors in the world direct you would have to be intimidating to say the least,

What do you think? You excited to see Crowe the director and not Crowe the actor? You secretly hoping he tries to cast Denis Leary in the role? Let us know below.

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Source: Telegraph