Boyhood's Richard Linklater planning Bill Hicks biopic
Richard Linklater, director of Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some, is to take charge of a biopic of controversial comedian Bill Hicks.
According to Collider, Linklater will work for Universal Pictures' imprint Focus Features and has agreed to develop, write and direct the film.
Hicks performing first made his name in stand-up comedy in the late 1970s in Texas. He toured extensively during the 1980s and gathered a huge fanbase with his particular brand of dark humour and social commentary.
He sadly died at the age of 32 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Linklater has most recently completed work on comedy adaptation Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which stars Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne.
Blanchett stars as Bernadette Branch, the eccentric anxiety-ridden mother, who mysteriously disappears. Heartbroken, her 15-year-old daughter Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.
That film is due for release in March of next year.