Judd Apatow has revealed that he is currently working on a documentary about the life and times of the late legendary comic George Carlin.
Carlin was the first-ever host of the institution that is Saturday Night Live which has become a conveyer belt of top-shelf comedians given the chance to become stars with Pete Davidson being the most recent example.
This SNL lineage is fitting as Apatow gears up to release the semi-autobiographical comedy ‘The King Of Staten Island’ which stars Davidson and is loosely based on the SNL host’s life.
Apatow made the admission in an interview with The Boston Globe: “I’m about to start work with my partner Michael Bonfiglio on a documentary about George Carlin,” he told the newspaper. “So I’m looking forward to watching a lot of Carlin interviews and specials. I think his work turned out to be very prophetic.”
Carlin sadly died following a heart attack in 2008 aged 71. As well as being one of the great stand-up comedians he also starred in a number of films, including Kevin Smith’s Dogma and the original Bill & Ted films, he will also feature in the latest instalment of that franchise using repurposed footage.
The acclaimed director has made the decision to release his upcoming film with Davidson on-demand rather than wait until cinemas are re-opened. With Apatow revealing in the same interview: “I had two choices. One was wait a year to release it, in a very crowded field of delayed movies or to release as video on demand now.
“I made this movie to make people happy, maybe be moved by Pete’s story. It felt wrong to hoard it for a theater.”