John Landis — the director of An American Werewolf in London and The Blues Brothers — went from major up-and-coming Hollywood talent in the early ’80s to totally shunned by Hollywood in the ’90s and Double Oughts. That happens when you’re charged with the deaths of two children and a major Hollywood actor, which is what befell Landis after The Twilight Zone Movie ‘s famous helicopter crash.
After all that time on the cold shoulder of the industry, it’s natural he would start to feel sympathy with other mavericks on the outside of the biz. His next picture will be Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines, a bio-pic based on the life of the publisher of EC Comics, which included the best-of-breed comics Weird Science, Weird Fantasy and Weird Science-Fantasy.
I’m looking forward to this. I’ve been a fan of EC since the ’80s, when my father purchased me a complete set of hardcover EC Reprints over the course of five years worth of birthdays and Christmases. I sort of hope Landis doesn’t go too nuts with the outsider angle though: Although he accidentally became a first Amendment figurehead in the mid-50s, Gaines’ creativity, originality and isolation from the rest of the comics industry really comes from his business-panache and the sheer capitalist threat of his comics.
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