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A George Carlin biopic is in the works

George Carlin

Image: HBO / GeorgeCarlin.com

If they were to make a Mt. Rushmore for stand-up comedians
George Carlin’s head would be on it. There’s not much debate
about that from the comedy community. When it comes to
influence, there are few that could be argued as being more
influential than Carlin as well. While biopics have been made
about influential comedians before, one has never been made
about George Carlin and The Jackal Group is setting out to
change that.

The Jackal Group announced earlier this week that it had
acquired the film rights to George Carlin from his estate. The
film will be produced by TJG’s CEO/Chairman Gail Berman and its
President Joe Early. Additionally Stan Cervin is attached as a
writer and producer, Cervin earned an Academy Award for his
screenplay for the film, Moneyball. Other producers
include former agent Bruce Kaufman and longtime
manager/executor of the Carlin estate, Jerry Hamza.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important
and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside
those who knew him best,” said Berman and Earley in a
statement. “In addition to shaping comedy and culture for
decades, and entertaining generations of audiences, Carlin’s
battle to protect free speech continues to impact our daily
lives and is as relevant as ever.”

Hamza added, “I’m very excited to be involved with a film based
on George’s life. It was wasn’t until after George died, I
realized he was a hero. As a performer, George would never
‘sell out,’ and never comprise his beliefs – I learned so much
from him. I think the public will be very happy to learn about
George’s life. He was truly the top of the ladder in his
field.”

It’s been 10 years since George Carlin passed away, but his
legacy only seems to have grown as a pioneer and trailblazer in
the world of stand-up comedy. Over the course of his career
he’s earned 5 Grammys and 11 nominations for his 20 comedy
albums. Additionally he released 16 HBO comedy specials and
released 6 books. He’s also starred in movies and TV and his
“Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” bit one of the
most popular in stand-up comedy. In 2002, he received the
Freedom of Speech Award from the First Amendment Center, and
shortly after his death, he was posthumously awarded The
Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

It’s super early in the process, so no actors/actresses have
been connected for the film, nor is it yet known when and what
format the film will be released. But when there are updates,
we’ll all be pretty jazzed about it.

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