Sam Kinison is a legend among American comedians, famed for his screaming rants and biting humour. Now he’s getting the film treatment, with Deadline reporting that Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, Love & Other Drugs) is set to play the comic, with Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) directing.
Rich Wilkes has come up with the script, based on the book Brother Sam by Kinison’s brother, Bill Kinison.
Kinison was born to a preacher father, and brought his father’s booming style to his comedy. In the 80s he became one of the biggest names in the stand-up world, fearlessly taking on subject few others would touch. However in his personal life he battled against depression and alcoholism before dying in 1992 when a drunk driver hit his car.
Producer David Permut comments, “There was nothing conventional about Sam Kinison and neither will be the cinematic interpretation of his life. Larry Charles is the perfect director to bring Rich Wilkes’ incredible script to screen, and Josh Gad’s tremendous ability to morph into a role will bring great depth to Kinison’s larger than life persona.”
Gad said on Twitter, “Couldn’t be more honored & humbled 2 play Sam. His comedy remains some of the most fearless I have ever seen.”
Expect to hear plenty more interesting casting, as the script includes real-life name such as Tammy Faye Bakker, Richard Pryor and Howard Stern, who will undoubtedly attract some good actors.