It’s a project sounds too good not to be made. “Russ & Roger Go Beyond,” penned by Emmy-winner Christopher Cluess (“The Simpsons,” “SNL”), tells the true story of famed film critic Roger Ebert and schlock director Russ Meyer, who teamed up to make the out there “Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls.” It’s as unlikely a filmmaking pairing as film history ever saw, for a movie that certainly can never be duplicated. ‘Go Beyond’ has been developing for a while now, never finding the right juice to get in front of cameras, but hopefully that will happen soon.
Deadline reports that “Once” director John Carney, who is coming in hot out of Sundance with his well-received “Sing Street,” is now eyeballing the director’s chair on the project, one that was previously occupied by Michael Winterbottom. Will Ferrell is slated to play Russ Meyer, with Josh Gad as Roger Ebert, and the movie tracks their partnership on the X-rated film, which turned into a lifelong friendship.
You can practically see the movie in your heard — the late swingin’ sixties, a young film critic, a director pushing his own wild vision — so let’s hope this one finally gets rolling.