Roughly twenty years ago, Gus Van Sant directed an enjoyably trashy little movie called To Die For, and that's when most of us met Joaquin Phoenix (that photo up top's what he looked like in his big debut). The two have almost reunited on a few occasions in the years since - most recently on Sea Of Trees, which never quite came together for the pair - but now it appears they've finally found something they'd like to work on together.
According to Variety:
Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant are eyeing a reunion on a new film. The two may reteam on Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, the long-in-development biopic on quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.
Iconoclast and Anonymous Content are producing the pic, which is based on Callahan’s autobiography of the same name. Callahan became a paralyzed in a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. For decades Callahan’s work raised eyebrows for its taboo topics leading to numerous boycotts in his hometown of Portland.
A cursory glance at Google Images reveals the sort of "taboo topics" Callahan built his career on (in publications like Penthouse, Playboy and the New Yorker):
So, yeah, not Family Circus. But then, would you really give a shit about a Bil Keane biopic, even if Phoenix and Van Sant were attached? I was largely unfamiliar with Callahan before this news came down the pike, and now I'm curious to know more. If nothing else, dude knows how to deliver a pitch-perfect title.
No word yet on when production may start on Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, but we'll keep you informed as updates roll in.