George Carlin Biopic in the Works From 'Moneyball' Writer
By Mia Galuppo via The Hollywood Reporter on 10/1/18
Carlin's prolific career spanned over five decades, more than 130 Tonight Show appearances, 14 HBO specials and 23 solo albums.
Gail Berman's Jackal Group is developing a biographical project about George Carlin, which will be written by Stan Chervin, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind Brad Pitt's Moneyball.
Carlin's prolific career spanned over five decades, more than 130 Tonight Show appearances, 14 HBO specials and 23 solo albums that earned him five Grammy awards. His now famous 1972 set “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” put him at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case, FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, that would outline the extent to which the government could regulate speech on broadcast and radio.
Carlin passed away at the age of 71 in 2008, the same year he was awarded the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain prize for American humor.
Chervin and Berman will produce, along with Jackal Group's Joe Earley; Bruce Kaufman, under his new banner Wood Hollow Pictures; and Jerry Hamza, the comedian's former manager and the executor of the George Carlin estate. It is currently unclear what format the project will take, but the long form biopic will either have a theatrical, streaming or television release.
“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best. In addition to shaping comedy and culture for decades and entertaining generations of audiences, Carlin’s battle to protect free speech continues to impact our daily lives and is as relevant as ever,” said Berman and Earley in a joint statement.
Hamza added: “It was wasn’t until after George died, I realized he was a hero. As a performer, George would never ‘sell out,’ and never compromise his beliefs – I learned so much from him. I think the public will be very happy to learn about George’s life. He was truly the top of the ladder in his field.”
The Jackal Group is currently in production on MGM's animated Addams Family movie starring Oscar Issac and Charlize Theron.
Chervin is repped by ICM.