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Down and Dirty Pictures
It looks like Hollywood will adapt anything nowadays. Though we usually expect at least one new novel to be acquired per day, we didn't think that a book about independent film could become an independent film; especially a laffer.
Down and Dirty Pictures Coming to Film
According to Variety, director Ken Bowser and scribe Dean Craig have teamed with Palm-Star Entertainment to develop Peter Biskind's 2004 novel, Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance and the Rise of Independent Film, into a feature-length comedy.
Palm-Star CEO and co-founder Kevin Frakes is producing.
Bowser has some previous experience with Biskind material, as he created a 2003 documentary based on Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood.
Down and Dirty Pictures tracks the rise of independent film starting in the 1990s thanks to such films as Pulp Fiction and sex, lies, and videotape. Weinstein and Redford, who figure prominently throughout the book, are credited with playing a key part in the success of the genre, though both are criticized for their personal dealings.
"Down and Dirty Pictures was so obviously a movie that I was a little amazed when we managed to snatch up the rights before the studios moved in," Bowser said. "You couldn't make these guys up. They're like offensive linemen rampaging across the fields of Sundance sacking anyone who gets in their way, while the handsome movie star owner of the stadium smiles benevolently down on his charges. If that's not a movie, I don't know what is."
Besides adapting Peter Biskind's material, Ken Bowser has done work on Saturday Night Live.