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Johnny Carson biopic to be scripted by 'Hitchcock' screenwriter John McLaughlin
Johnny Carson is headed to the big screen.
"Black Swan" co-writer John McLaughlin and producer Tom Thayer are collaborating with Carson's estate on a biopic about the iconic talkshow host, according to Deadline.
The as-of-now untitled script, based on Bill Zehme's upcoming book "Carson The Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait," will be shopped around to the studios after the holiday break. There's no word yet on who will play Carson, or who will direct the film.
McLaughlin and Thayer recently collaborated on another biopic of a famous Hollywood icon. The upcoming Sacha Gervasi-directed "Hitchcock" was adapted by McLaughlin from Steve Rebello’s book, with Thayer producing. "Hitchcock" stars Anthony Hopkins as the "Psycho" director and Helen Mirren as his wife.
Zehme is a journalist who conducted the only interview that the famously guarded Carson gave after his retirement from late night. Zehme also acted as a consultant on the Emmy-nominated PBS Carson doc "King Of Late Night."