If that headline makes no sense to you, don’t worry; I had the same reaction. Apparently Zombie and Miranda Bailey have gotten their hands on the rights to Steve Stoliar’s memoir, “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House.” Deadline further reports that Zombie will direct the adaptation, which will be scripted by Oren Moverman (Love & Mercy).
Stoliar, a TV writer and devout Groucho fan, spent the last few years of the comedian’s life by his side as his personal secretary and archivist. During those short years, Stoliar found himself in the company of such names of renown as Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, and Steve Allen. On the flipside of this trip into the lives of the rich and famous was dealing with Erin Fleming, the rather frustrating woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life.
“I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan ever since I was a child and have read countless book on the comic legend, but after reading the book Raised Eyebrows, a totally new perspective on Groucho’s life emerged,” says Zombie. “I immediately saw this project as Groucho’s Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen. It is a sad, funny and very dark tale of a one of Hollywood’s greatest stars final years.”
Sounds like this picture will be Zombie’s opportunity to step away from genre pictures and focus on a biographical drama of one of Hollywood’s greatest legends. But don’t worry, he’s still got the creepy, killer-clown horror-thriller 31 coming out next year, so he’s not hanging up his horror hat just yet.