Gus Van Sant gave Joaquin Phoenix one of his early breakout films by casting him opposite Nicole Kidman in 1995’s “To Die For,” and it looks like the duo is finally going to reunite over two decades later on a new biopic about cartoonist John Callahan. According to Variety, the project is moving forward with production companies Iconoclast and Anonymous Content.
Based on Callahan’s autobiography, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” the film would follow the Oregon cartoonist after a car accident laves him paralyzed at age 21. He’d go on to use drawing as a form of therapy, creating taboo cartoon strips that lead to controversy in his hometown of Portland. Callahan’s work was featured in the New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy. He died in 2010. The book was published back in 1989, and Robin Williams was circling the role during the very early stages of a Hollywood adaptation.
The biopic would give Gus Van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix the reunion they’ve been looking for. The pair was set to work together on “The Sea Of Trees” before Matthew McConaughey boarded the project, and it appears Phoenix has lucked out by skipping that critical misfire and waiting for this project instead. The actor is currently filming Garth Davis’ “Mary Magdalene,” in which he stars as Jesus opposite Rooney Mara.