Published Jun 18, 2015Outside of music, Rob Zombie has made a name as a horror director thanks to his work on titles like House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects and The Lords of Salem. He'll soon step out of the horror film with his first dramatic feature film — a story about the late life of Groucho Marx.
It's worth noting that this isn't Zombie's first foray into comedic directing work. He did, after all, helm Tom Papa's Comedy Central special in 2012. The forthcoming Marx film sounds like it'll be a complex drama rather than a comedy, however.
Zombie is working on an adaptation of Raised Eyebrows: My Year Inside Groucho's House. Written by Steve Stoliar, the book details the last years of Marx's life. Stoliar was Marx's personal secretary and archivist, so he had unprecedented access to the comedy legend. The book is being adapted for the screen by Oren Moverman, who most recently co-wrote Love & Mercy.
"I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan ever since I was a child and have read countless book on the comic legend, but after reading the book Raised Eyebrows, a totally new perspective on Groucho's life emerged," Rob Rob Zombie said of the project. "I immediately saw this project as Groucho's Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen. It is a sad, funny and very dark tale of a one of Hollywood's greatest stars final years."
Thanks to Deadline for the tip.