“Once” and “Begin Again” director John Carney is taking a respite from musicals with word that he’s in early talks to direct “Russ & Roger Go Beyond” at STX Entertainment and Sobini Films.
Will Ferrell and Josh Gad will star in the film about soft-core porn impresario Russ Meyer and then young film critic Roger Ebert who teamed up to produce the raunchy 1970s spoof “Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls”.
At the time, 20th Century Fox was struggling after several big-budget flops and gave “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” director Meyer an opportunity to do a studio film, the director insisting the film critic would have to pen the script. The result was a rare major-studio release with an X rating, but one that became a profitable hit.
Christopher Cluess (“The Simpsons,” “Saturday Night Live”) will pen the script while Mark Amin, David Permut and Richard Waltzer will produce.