Even while their debut feature Howl, a biopic of beat poet Allen Ginsberg, is unspooling at the Sundance Film Festival this week, directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have already lined up their next project – a biopic of 70s porn icon Linda Lovelace.
Based on Eric Danville’s book The Complete Linda Lovelace, the film will take a look at Lovelace’s life from her rise as a porn star to her later work as an anti-porn activist. Lovelace’s story has already been examined in the critically lauded 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat.
There have been previous attempts to bring Lovelace’s story to the screen with both Courtney Love and Anna Faris attached to star. No cast has been attached yet to this latest attempt.
Deep Throat is a landmark pornographic film in that it launched the brief “porno chic” movement in the early `70s, where it became fashionable for couples to attend softcore porn films like Behind The Green Door, Debbie Does Dallas and The Devil In Miss Jones. Even celebrities like Johnny Carson, Jack Nicholson and Barbara Waters have admitted to attending films during this time. Paul Thomas Anderson used the period as the setting for his 1997 film Boogie Nights.