Will Ferrell is circling the role of soft core film producer Russ Meyer in “Russ & Roger Go Beyond,” an indie film about the making of cult classic “Beyond The Valley of the Dolls”.
The story is set in the very late 1960s when cheap counterculture films made big money. Meyer was the outlaw helmer of soft-core pulp films such as “Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill” but wanted to make a legitimate studio film.
At the time, 20th Century Fox was in desperate need of a low-cost, high returning hit after a series of flops. Meyer agreed to take on the film, originally a sequel to but ultimately a parody of the film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s enormous hit “Valley of the Dolls”.
There was one condition, that a third string movie critic at the time named Roger Ebert would pen the script. Ebert was one of the few people who had penned a positive review about Meyer’s work, and the film will explore that friendship along with the trials the movie faced such as it being a rare major studio release with an X rating.
Christopher Cluess penned the script and Mark Amin, David Permut and Richard Waltzer are producing. Filming aims to begin early next year.