A new biopic about comedian Bill Hicks has been announced
To many Bill Hicks is not merely a comedian. He is a cult legend, a hero in the face of consumerism and a bonafide icon. Having passed away far too soon in 1994 there is now said to be a Bill Hicks biopic in the offing with Boyhood director Richard Linklater set to write and direct the feature.
The genus comedian was famed for his anti-establishment rhetoric and anti-consumerism comedy, he became a cult legend for most who had the pleasure to witness his work. He still lives on through his shows which are downloaded and replayed by every generation.
Linklater has a close connection to Hicks and has expressed his disappointment and not having worked with him before his untimely death in 1994 at the tender age of 32. Hicks was reportedly a huge fan of Linklater’s seminal 1993 movie Dazed And Confused, while Linklater’s older brother went to the same school as Hicks and mingled in the same social circles.
Speaking in an interview in 2011 Linklater said “There’s not quite any others like him. They don’t speak in the same voice. You’d think people would take that torch and go with it, but it’s a rare combination of that kind of intelligence, mysticism, political, you know… his politics, his angle, it’s pretty unique. “I go through my life all the time… everything that’s going on in our culture, I always think, what would Bill Hicks be doing? You just miss him.”