John Landis Developing Biopic About 'Mad' Founder Bill Gaines
Filmmaker John Landis must be mounting quite a directorial comeback, as he not only has the upcoming comedy Burke & Hare in the works, but Deadline says he also has another biopic about EC Comics publisher and co-creator Bill Gaines, who was also one of the founders of Mad magazine. Landis is currently lining up financing for the film following Burke & Hare (but no assurances that this will be his very next project). Apparently the script for this is titled Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines and was written by Joel Eisenberg, of only Out of the Black and Hollywood Vampyr previously. Sounds like it could be interesting.
Gaines was a published who was driven out of the comic book business in the 1950s by "morality policers" after his unapologetic testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency. In turn, he started Mad as a "satirical magazine which specialized in skewering all aspects of uptight society." I was a fan of Mad when I was a kid but haven't read it in the last few years, especially after that frickin' awful MADtv show started airing on Fox. This sounds like it could be fairly interesting I just hope it isn't as weird and experiemental as James Franco's Howl at Sundance (a similar indecency story). However, with Landis potentially directing, this will probably be much better. We'll keep you updated on this anyway. Thoughts?