John Landis Developing Biopic About 'Mad' Founder Bill Gaines

May 16, 2010
Source: Deadline

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?

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A biopic of Bill Gaines directed by Jon Landis ... A match made in Hollywood heaven.

Hattori Hanzo on May 16, 2010


I can't believe you just compared the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to Mad Magazine, but that's why I love this site.

peloquin on May 16, 2010


What, Me Care? Maybe...

Frank N. Stein on May 16, 2010


Literally asked Landis about this film at Monster Mania last year and he told me that it is an amazing little script that is looking for funding, and he was hoping "Burke and Hare" would get it on track. Can't tell you how excited I am for this, "Tales From the Crypt" is an astounding IP, and backed with a film about its creator directed by John Landis. How perfect for the ghoulish humor of E.C. to have no other than Landis at the helm, a man who gets this IP's tone perfectly.

Professor Brian O'Blivion on May 16, 2010

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