Andy Warhol’s Factory years are the subject of “Everybody Had a Camera,” a project being mounted by U.K. helmer C.S. Leigh and music legend and Warhol associate John Cale.
The pic will focus on a seven-year period in the life of Warhol’s New York studio, each year seen through the eyes of seven Warhol cohorts.
It will culminate with the revenge shooting of the artist by actress-writer Valerie Solanas in 1968.
“It was a very wild time dominated by sex and drugs, and there were so many interesting self-invented characters,” Leigh said in Cannes Wednesday. “We want to make a very visual film with music playing a very important role.”
“John feels that Andy Warhol is often misrepresented by people who were involved with him at the time but now bitch about him. Warhol was a catalyst for so many things changing.”
It won’t be the first time Warhol’s life has come to the bigscreen. The Solanas episode was the subject of 1996 pic “I Shot Andy Warhol,” helmed by Mary Harron, and Chuck Workman made a docu about the pop artist in 1990, “Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol.”
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Leigh’s first theatrically released feature was Berlin-selected “Process,” starring Beatrice Dalle and Guillaume Depardieu. Cale wrote the music for the film, which comes out in France shortly; Tartan has it in the U.K.
“Everybody had a Camera” probably will be produced by a bigger French company with Asian equity capital, Leigh said.
He and Cale will start work on the script in June.
Before then, Leigh will shoot “American Widow,” about a woman who exploits 9/11 for her personal gain; it will be produced by his company and Humbert Balsan’s Ognon Films.