Cluess Sells Ebert & Meyer-Themed “Beyond”

SNL & “The Simpsons” scribe Christopher Cluess has sold his true story script “Russ and Roger Go Beyond” to Sobini Films, Permut Presentations and Chautauqua Entertainment.

The film will deal with the unique relationship between filmmaker Russ Meyer and legendary critic Roger Ebert during the making of the 1970 cult classic “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”.

The story is set at the end of the 1960s when Meyer was known for his soft-core pulp films like “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”.

Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox was coming off a string of flops and then studio head Richard Zanuck offered Meyer the directorship of ‘Beyond’. The film was originally intended to be a sequel to 1967’s adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s “Valley of the Dolls,” but it ultimately became a parody of it.

Meyer agreed to the gig on the condition that budding young Chicago Sun Times film critic Ebert would write the script. What ensued was a struggle over the film’s making and X rating, but ultimately it became a quite impressive hit.

Meyer and Ebert remained friends until Meyer passed away in September 2004. David Permut, Mark Amin and Richard Waltzer will produce.

Source: Sobini Films