Rodney gets some respect

Dangerfield pic will be partially based on 'It Ain't Easy'

The late Rodney Dangerfield is getting some serious respect.

Producers Howard and Karen Baldwin have acquired life story rights from Dangerfield’s widow and plan to develop and produce a biopic through their Baldwin Entertainment Group. The film will be based at least in part on “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me,” Dangerfield’s 2004 autobiography.

“Rodney Dangerfield was a comedic genius — and the true stories behind his jokes are fascinating,” said Karen Baldwin. 

“Rodney took the indignities of everyday life and spun them into golden one-liners that endeared him to millions around the world,” Joan Dangerfield said. “But while he was making everyone forget their troubles by laughing at his, Rodney’s own life was a heavy-hearted one.”

The Baldwins were producers on “Ray” and “Sahara” and recently announced plans to partner with Robert Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises on a Jackie Robinson/Branch Rickey biopic, with Redford portraying Rickey. The couple has joined with “Ray” producer Stuart Benjamin to bring a Ray Charles stage project to Broadway. 

The Baldwins are also producing an adaptation of “The Legacy of Luna,” based on Julia Butterfly Hill’s bestseller about living for two years in a redwood to prevent a lumber company from cutting the tree. David S. Ward is scripting and the Baldwins are partnered with Andrew Cohen, Jeff Skoll’s Participant Prods. and Ed Saxon on the project.

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