Written by David Morgan
The once invincible John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers, Trading Places) hasn't had such a distinguished record over the past decade (Blues Brothers 2000, Susan's Plan, miscellaneous TV episodes), but now he's been hired to direct Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines, a biopic of the eponymous late publisher of EC Comics and Mad Magazine.
According to Variety, the film follows "an anti-establishment group of artists and writers, led by a reluctant Gaines and cohort Al Feldstein, as they produce their comicbooks. At the peak of his success, Gaines became a First Amendment figurehead due to his unapologetic testimony before a Senate subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency."
It sounds like a story with a lot of promise. Hopefully it won't get too bogged down with the near-unavoidable biopic clichés. Not that Gaines necessarily needs to be played by six different actors of varying ages, races, and genders either, but an honest, moderately novel biopic would be nice. Hopefully Landis can pull off another success like he did very recently with the HBO documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.