Bill Hicks died back in 1994, but his impact on the standup comedy world is still being felt to this day. The caustic, frequently high-volume comedian was an absolute force to be reckoned with back when he was working the stage, a comic's comic who gave zero fucks when it came to dealing with hecklers or pulling his punches. Some of his material hasn't aged terribly well, maybe (it has, admittedly, been a while since I checked), but Bill Hicks' legacy is undeniable. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before someone made a biopic about him.
Well, according to Collider...
"Oscar-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater has signed on to develop, write and direct an untitled film based on the life of controversial comedian Bill Hicks for Focus Features, Collider has exclusively learned."
This tracks. Much like Hicks, Linklater's a resident Texan (Hicks didn't sound like he was from Texas, but he sure as hell acted like he was from Texas, if that makes sense), and a longtime Hicks fan. He's also got the chops to pull something like this off, which is important: translating Hicks' story to the screen will require a deft hand, someone who can balance the acidity of Hicks' stage presence with the gigantic heart of the guy people knew offstage. All that, plus the tragic illness that ended his life. Complicated package.
Anyway, there's no word on whether or not the Hicks biopic will be Linklater's next project, but given the fact that he's still gotta develop and write the thing, we're guessing it's a safe bet that this one's still a ways off. We'll keep you informed as further updates roll in.
In the meantime: think a Bill Hicks biopic's something you'd like to see? Did you catch that one doc, American: The Bill Hicks Story? Any ideas for who they oughtta cast as Hicks? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for more as it becomes available.