Oscar-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) has signed on to pen and direct a currently untitled biopic about controversial Texan comedian Bill Hicks at Focus Features.
Hicks died of cancer at 32 just as he was rising to prominence. Rolling Stone ranked him 13th on its list published last year of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.
It’s unclear if the Bill Hicks film will be Linklater’s next project. Linklater most recently wrapped an adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestselling novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Billy Crudup and Laurence Fishburne.