Earlier this week we reported on a film project that Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader is set to star in called Vaughn Meader. The movie is set up on at Ben Stiller‘s production company Red Hour Films. The movie is a dark comedy that's based on the life of American comedian and impersonator Vaughn Meader who became famous for spoofing JFK and then his saw his career fall apart after the president's assassination.
It was previously reported that the script was written by Rob Siegel who penned Darren Aronofksy‘s The Wrestler and wrote and directed Big Fan starring Patton Oswalt, but now a new report has come out saying that the script was actually written by True Blood co-exec producer Alexander Woo, and Siegel is attached to direct the movie. The guy is a talented writer and I thought he did a solid job directing Big Fan, Vaughn Meader should be a nice follow-up film for him.
In a previous interview Hader had this to say about the project:
It’s about this guy who did these JFK impressions back in the ‘60s and he had this comedy album called The First Family and it was the biggest selling comedy record, still to this day I think it’s one of the biggest selling comedy records. He does this insane, amazing JFK impression and then JFK gets assassinated and his whole career goes away. So Rob Siegel is working on that now.
Hader also talked about how dark the film will be saying,
Yeah, I would like to do… dark. It would be pretty sweet. It’s a real interesting piece and in a weird way it feeds into now, just like people becoming super famous overnight, reality stars and stuff. This guy became crazy famous, the president was talking about this guy and then it all went away. It’s really interesting.
This movie sounds like it could be a very interesting character study.