By Will Ashton
Stand up comedian Sam Kinison is finally going to get his life story told on the big screen. Director Larry Charles (Borat) has signed on to direct The Book of Mormon star Josh Gad in a biopic of the preacher-turned-comedian’s life.
Deadline broke the news on the film. The film will be an adaptation of Sam’s brother Bill Kinison’s book Brother Sam, who is also executive producing the film, with a script adapted by Rich Wilkes (xXx). Producing the film will be David Permut (Face/Off), with Tom Shadyac also executive producing.
Gad confirmed his involvement via Twitter by saying, “Couldn’t be more honored & humbled 2 play Sam. His comedy remains some of the most fearless I have ever seen.”
Sam Kinison began his life as a Pentecostal preacher, following in his father’s footsteps. He later found success as a comedian, known for his screaming and in-your-face style. He later battled a drug and alcohol addiction in his rise to fame, but eventually found sobriety. He later died untimely at the age of 38 in a car accident collision with a drunk driver.
I’m always intrigued by biopics, and being a fan of Gad, Charles and Kinison, I’m rather intrigued to see this movie come together. Gad will next be seen in another biopic, Jobs, where he stars as Steve Wozniak, coming out next week.
Here’s a clip of Sam Kinison’s stand up, which, coincidentally, I was just listening to yesterday: