Rob Zombie to Direct Groucho Marx Biopic

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Horror specialist Rob Zombie will direct and produce a biopic about the final years of iconic comedian Groucho Marx’s life along with Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall and Andy Gould.

The project is based on Steve Stoliar’s 1996 book “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House,” written about Stoliar’s three years as Marx’s personal secretary at the actor’s Beverly Hills home before Marx died in 1977. Stoliar spent time with Marx, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman and Steve Allen along with dealing with Erin Fleming — the mercurial woman in charge of Marx’s life.

Marx made 13 movies with his brothers and was a major star on radio and TV with the quiz show “You Bet Your Life.”

Oren Moverman, whose credits include “Love and Mercy” and “The Messenger,” will write the screenplay.

Zombie’s directing credits include “House of 1000 Corpses,” two “Halloween” films, “The Devil’s Rejects” and “The Lords of Salem.”

Bailey’s Cold Iron Pictures produced “The Diary Of A Teenage Girl” and worked with Moverman on “Time Out Of Mind” and “Oppenheimer Strategies.”

ICM Partners is handling sales for the film. Moverman is repped by WME and Zombie is repped by UTA, Spectacle Entertainment and attorney David Fox.

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  1. Tom1970 says:

    Steve Stoliar’s book “Raised Eyebrows” is an extraordinary book that peels back countless layers of both the light and the dark side of not only Hollywood but humanity. I am very aware of Zombies work and have seen hints
    of his brilliance intertwined throughout many of his films. My gut tells me that this project will “Raise Eyebrows” and put Mr. Zombie in a entirely new and respected level of filmmaking.

  2. If they cast Gilbert Gottfried as old Groucho, I will be in line to see the film the day it is released. This is the part that Gilbert was born to play:

  3. KKitt says:

    I believe that Rob Zombie will make this film. He has always been a fan of the Marx Brothers. Some of the characters he used “House of 1000 Corpses” had names lifted from the Marx’s films. Zombie also mentioned that “Raised Eyebrows” was his favorite book. The story is far from boring. Steve Stoliar’s book was a labor of love. It gives the reader the feeling that they are in the room with him. I give Zombie credit to branch out and try something different. This story is about a man who cared for Groucho in the declining years of his life. I’d rather see this than fluff like “Boyhood”. Critics should do themselves a favor. Read the book first, presuming the critics can read.

  4. Human Cobras says:

    His movie are not that good to begin with. His Halloween revival was garbage.
    This movie sounds boring.

  5. Bela Ghostly says:

    As a big classic horror fan like Zombie I expected him to make a decent classic horror film for all
    ages instead of the blood and gore gross crap he made for the brain dead audiences who can’t
    watch a movie anymore unless it’s full of CGI blood gore and special effects and some pretty boy
    and girl who can’t act! I would think since he’s not part of the Hollyweird scene he would be a
    different kind of director and use his love of classic horror films to make fun movies again.

  6. stevenmillan says:

    Rob Zombie is starting to become like Quentin Tarantino and Guillermo del Toro in terms of announcing numerous projects that end up not being filmed,for I’m sure that RZ will cancel this one(as he did with the planned 70s hockey drama BROADSTREET BULLIES) and quickly move on to making another secret mystery “Surprise” horror film,and that neither WEREWOLF WOMEN OF THE SS nor a third Captain Spaulding/Firefly family film will ever happen since RZ doesn’t get along with the folks at both Miramax/Dimension/Radius-TWC and Lionsgate(and the cast for both of those fan yearned projects are quickly getting too old for those two film projects to happen).

  7. Dave Horne says:

    Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?

  8. Cee says:

    For a moment I thought I was on The Onion.

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