June 18, 2015


Rob Zombie Will Move Past Horror With a Groucho Marx Biopic

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Rob Zombie made the leap from rock star to film director 12 years ago, with House of 1000 Corpses. He followed that up with The Devil's Rejects, two new Halloween movies, and 2012's The Lords of Salem. Next year he'll release 31, about a group of people taken to Murder World, where they're hunted by evil clowns.

After that, Rob Zombie will broaden his horizons with a film about comedy pioneer Groucho Marx. Adapted from a memoir called Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House, it won't be a traditional biopic. Deadline says the book comes from the perspective of "a young Marx Brothers fan who spent those years as his personal secretary and archivist." It's not an altogether rosy portrait, and it does feature Zeppo and Gummo Marx. The screenplay comes from Oren Moverman, who directed Rampart and cowrote the unusual Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There.

Here's what the 50-year-old Zombie, whose latest album was 2013's Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, has to say about signing on:

“I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan ever since I was a child and have read countless book on the comic legend, but after reading the book Raised Eyebrows, a totally new perspective on Groucho’s life emerged. I immediately saw this project as Groucho’s Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen. It is a sad, funny and very dark tale of a one of Hollywood’s greatest stars final years.” 

Zombie's been working for several years on a hockey pic called Broad Street Bullies. Detailing the rise of the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers, that one now seems to be in jeopardy. Old Robbie should have plenty of time to make a sports movie or three after the success of the Marx biopic and the subsequent war film, romantic comedy and talking animals family flick.