What!? Quentin Tarantino is B-Movie Producer Roger Corman in Biopic
In case you didn't know, Gremlins director Joe Dante is working on a biopic about legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman, the man responsible for films like Wasp Woman, The Raven, Pit and the Pendulum, Piranha, Rock 'N' Roll High School and Death Race 2000. At one time, Colin Firth was going to play the producer in the film called The Man with the Kaleidoscope Eyes, but now a really surprising casting change has taken place. The Telegraph (Bleeding Cool) recently spoke with Corman, who revealed that director and occasional actor Quentin Tarantino will be playing Corman in the developing biopic.
Though there's not an exact quote from Corman explaining the casting, he does divulge some story details:
"It’s the story of how I made The Trip in the 1960s about LSD. It starred Jack Nicholson in one of his first roles and I took LSD so I knew what it was all about. It was very controversial but it was the only American picture invited to the Cannes Film Festival that year."
And aside from being the subject of the film, Corman will also pop up on the big screen. The producer explains, "I have a cameo role in the movie about it, playing the executive who didn’t want me to make the film." Tarantino's acting has mostly been reserved to his own films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, in addition to film's he wrote and produced like From Dusk Til Dawn. Otherwise, he's popped up in Little Nicky and an episode of "Golden Girls" as an Elvis Presley impersonator. This will be Tarantino's first lead role, and while we're not sure he can carry a film like this, it should be entertaining.
UPDATE: Anne Thompson reached out to Joe Dante, and the director said, “Quentin is a great filmmaker and a good friend, however there is absolutely no truth to the stories in the press and on the web that he is going to play Roger Corman in my upcoming film The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes.” Well, that's kind of a bummer, but we're not surprised. Carry on.