Actually the title of this post is a little misleading, as The Man With Kaleidoscopic Eyes [nothing to do with a certain Roger Corman 1963 cult classic starring Ray Milland, by the way] isn’t really a biopic of such. Which is a bit of a shame, as I have a lot of time for Corman and the majority of his output. Instead, it’s about the making of Corman’s 1967 LSD-fuelled counter culture flick The Trip, which starred Jack Nicholson [who also wrote it], Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, and Susan Strasberg. Joe Dante wrote the screenplay several years ago and has been trying to set it up ever since. It was given the live read treatment in Los Angeles last month as part of Spectrefest. Dante will direct the film, which is part of a five film slate coming from new production company Company X. We don’t know who will star in it yet. At the live read, Bill Hader played Corman, Ethan Embry played Nicholson), Jason Ritter played Fonda and Claudia O’Doherty played Frances Doel, but there’s no guarantee that they will be in the actual film. Can you see Ritter as Nicholson? In fact, can you see anyone as the one and only Nicholson?
Dante seems to be spending most of his time directing TV series episodes at the moment, while his one recent film, the zombie romantic comedy Burying The Ex, didn’t seem to catch on at all though I rather liked it [it was certainly superior to Life After Beth]. I still have great interest in any film coming from the Gremlins director and The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes seems to be a very personal project for him.