By Travis Martin
Director Gus Van Sant and actor Joaquin Phoenix previously worked together in 1995’s “To Die For.“ Now, both will be reuniting for the biopic “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” about quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. Variety broke the news on the project. Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte of Iconoclast will produce the film with Steve Golin of Anonymous Content.
The film, based off the biography by the same name, begins with Callahan becoming paralyzed at the age of 21 after a car accident. In order to cope with his ordeal, the Portland native began to drawing cartoons that dealt with macabre and taboo subjects. The art was also known for its simplicity, since Callahan would draw while clutching his pen with both hands. However, these controversial black humor would lead to numerous boycotts and protests towards the newspaper, the Willamette Week, that published Callahan’s work. Callahan died in 2010 due to bed sores and complications with his quadriplegia.
Since 1989, a biopic on Callahan has been in development, with Robin Williams even being considered for the role. Van Sant’s most recent film was “Sea of Trees,“ while Phoenix’s most recent film being Woody Allen‘s “Irrational Man.“ The actor will next be seen in “Mary Magdalene” as Jesus Christ and the thriller “You Were Never Really Here.“ No release or production date has been announced for “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”