THE DEAD CIRCUS gets one hell of a cast
Talk about an A-list cast.
Deadline is reporting that producer John Palermo and his Palermo’s Pictures shingle are set to send their biopic on the death of “I Fought The Law” singer Bobby Fuller into production this summer, and have found a breathtaking cast. Entitled THE DEAD CIRCUS, the film currently has James Marsden, Michael Shannon, Michael C. Hall, and Melissa Leo attached to star, with a script from Adam Davenport and John Kaye. The film itself is based off of Kaye’s novel, and will be helmed by Davenport, who will be making this his directorial debut.
Just a week after Fuller’s song became a hit in 1966, the singer was found dead, with gasoline poured down his throat and body beaten. The Manson family were believed to be behind the murder, and that is where the film will pick up its narrative. The film will follow “a grieving screenwriter (still to be cast)" who "plunges into a crusade to solve the mystery of Fuller's death.” Leo will play the role of a “Manson Family matriarch,” with Mardsen playing Manson himself. Shannon and Hall will be Fuller’s managers.
I don’t know how one couldn’t be absolutely over the moon about this news. As a fan of everyone involved, it will be a particularly interesting project for Marsden, who hasn’t really delved into this type of dramatic depth. Toss in the always-amazing Shannon, and two of today’s most talented thespians in Leo and Hall, and you have the makings of one hell of a great film.