Albert Camus… that would be something. Or Syd Barrett. But if I had to pick one it would probably be Albert Camus.
Bobby FischerVelupillai Pirapaharan
Jack Kerouac and Albert Camus for me as well.
Albert Dieudonne’ (who thought he was REALLY Napoleon)
cannot pick one
Henry Darger – outsider artist
Keith Moon – I heard rumors of Mike Myers playing him
Edgar Allen Poe – Maybe Viggo Mortensen/Johnny Depp/Daniel Day Lewis
Neil Young- No idea who could play him…If Heath Ledger was still around
Any corrupt Pope during the middle ages.????/
Audie Murphy, he basically held off a hundred Germans single- handed and with a leg wound. By the end of world war 2 he’d killed 240 something Germans and destroyed 6 tanks. My movie would end with a golden statue of Audie Murphy holding the decapitated head of a German soldier and a giant machine gun.
good call on Norman Mailer, a Spalding Gray movie, would prob pale next to his shows tho
Alfred Russel Wallace, co-originator of the theory of evolution by natural selection, traveller, father of bio-geography, socio-political campaigner, spiritualist, self-effacing good guy
Jimmy Wilde, the ghost with the hammer in his hand
Jemima Nicholas who headed a group of women in capturing the French in the last invasion of Britain, 1798
Hannibal of Carthage
Opal Whiteley (there’s been a recent film about her, but hardly known)
Mary Seacole and Betsi Cadwaladr
I would want to do something original… Like a picture on Christ
I second Andrea Dworkin. I think she’s ridiculous but she’d make a great character study.
Hannibal of Carthage and Scipio Africanus – an historical war epic. That would require about a 6 hour run time, a budget of $200 million and a cast of thousands.
Any studio want to throw down?
no one, I am goddamn sick and tired of biopics.
they are made often as remakes or comic book movies.
Actually, I agree with Micky_Ward – biopics almost always suck.
My greatest love. She’d be totally worth it, though we’d probably rewrite a lot of things…heh heh, but really yes, I think the whole string of biographical pictures in the last few years have been mere milking of celebrity and notoriety of such people serving as the subject of them. We need to be original or at least more creative (not necessarily having absurdly extreme artistic license!) with films about real people, like Schrader was with Mishima. I must say that film looms with greatness even over efforts like Scorsese’s The Aviator and Van Sant’s Milk, just because of how it is told.
Genesis P Orridge
Friedrich NietzscheKishore Kumar
Kierkegaard and his relationship with Regina Olsen.
Gilles de Rais
and Gutenberg the printing press guy
Vlad the Impaler
Jean Luc Goddard(especially as a young thief)
Frantz Fanon’s life story would make a terrific film. From his childhood in the Caribbean, to fighting for the Free French in WWII, to becoming racially conscious in France while studying psychiatry, then radicalized in Algeria during the revolution, he led quite an eventful and dramatic life. Sadly, it will probably never get made.
Isaac Julien’s atrocious Black Skin, White Mask doesn’t count.
Noone. I hate biopics ;)
I would love to write (or watch) a biopic about either Dr. Walter Freeman or Dr. António Egas Moniz. Both were pioneers of the lobotomy procedure and were widely acclaimed by the medical community at the time. But, of course, as the veil was slowly lifted, and the procedure became seen for what it was-the butchering of the human mind—they were shunned by the medical community that, at one time, showered them with glory. What is most interesting is their “desperate” and “arrogant” attempts at finding a cure (or finding fame), and their refusal to take any blame for the carnage they left in their wake. Freeman, for instance, thought that his lobotomy techniques could be used on bored housewives as well as the mentally impaired; the US government (or at least a small faction of it), wanted to use Freeman’s techniques as a way to implement mind control. Their legacy now is one of horror, but it seems that neither of them were willing to except their fate. Both doctors were motivated by their desire for fame and success, but they also naively believed that what they were doing was right.
Freeman, for instance, was horrified at the conditions of most mental institutions, which spurred his motivation to find a cure for these patients. This naive belief was spurred not only by the medical community at the time, but also by the fact that some of their patients did actually improve their mental stability. Even after the medical community had abandoned his ideas ideas as scientifically and morally corrupt, Freeman still attempted lobotomies (he acted like a “religous zealot”, according to some witnesses at the time)— he would drive around in a van he called the lobotomobile offering patients his skills all over the country. His medical license was revoked when, "a patient he was lobotomizing at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute died when he stepped back for a photo, accidentally bumping the orbitoclast. He continued to drive cross country in his lobotomobile to visit his former patients until his death from cancer in 1972.
Antonio Egas Moniz: (Via Wikipedia): "In 1936, he published his first report of performing a prefrontal leukotomy on a human patient,2 and subsequently devised the leucotome for use in the procedure. He judged the results acceptable in the first 40 or so patients he treated, claiming, “Prefrontal leukotomy is a simple operation, always safe, which may prove to be an effective surgical treatment in certain cases of mental disorder.”6 He also claimed that the benefits, even if some behavioral and personality deterioration occurred, were outwieighed by what he saw as reduction in the debilitating effects of the illness.67 But he conceded that patients who had already deteriorated from the mental illness did not benefit much, and he did no long-term follow up. The procedure enjoyed a brief vogue, and in 1949 he received the Nobel Prize, “for his discovery of the therapeutic value of leucotomy in certain psychoses.” 8
In 1939, Moniz was shot by a disaffected patient and subsequently confined to a wheelchair.9 He continued in private practice until 1955, when he died just as his procedure was falling into disrepute.21011
Since falling almost completely from use in the 1960s, leucotomy (also known as lobotomy) has been deplored by many as brutally arrogant, and collateral derision has been directed at Moniz as its inventor.12 Others suggest judging the inventor separately from the invention, characterizing Moniz’ work as a “great and desperate” attempt to find effective treatment for severe forms of mental illness for which there was at the time no effective treatment at all.12 Some claim it was aggressive promotion of lobotomy by other doctors (such asWalter Freeman) which led to its being performed in large numbers of cases now considered inappropriate.136"
I second Frantz Fanon, that life story is overdue.
Edgar Allan Poe NOT directed by Tim Burton thank you but perhaps played by Johnny Depp.
I’d be great to see Mary Karr’s memoirs get a cinematic treatment
Frank Zappa, first and foremost, I would make an awesome epic biography.
Sam Peckinpah, I’d get Clint Eastwood to direct.
Kurt Cobain or Nick the Greek