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Bill Hader to play Roger Corman in script reading for planned biopic

‘The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes’ reading will be directed by Joe Dante

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Bill Hader is set to play Roger Corman at a reading of the script for The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes, an as-yet-unproduced biopic of the legendary director-producer, it was announced today. The reading is part of this year’s SpectreFest, in L.A., which starts Oct. 7 and is a collaboration between Cinefamily and the indie-horror company SpectreVision. The reading will be directed by Joe Dante, whose films Hollywood Boulevard and Piranha were both executive-produced by Corman, and who plans on directing the eventual movie. It will take place at the Vista Theatre, Oct. 12.

The fifth annual SpectreFest lineup also features screenings of Arrival, A Monster Calls, director Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch, Babak Anvari’s Tehran-set ghost story Under the Shadow, and Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono’s Whispering Star. Guests attending event include Corman, Dante, Amirpour, Jason Ritter, Claudia O’Doherty, J.A. Bayona, SpectreVision cofounder Elijah Wood, and Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a number of whose films are being screened.

“As we enter our fifth year, SpectreFest is evolving into an almost museum-grade exploration of the role of the uncanny in art and cinema,” said Daniel Noah, another SpectreVision founder, in a statement. “The fact that, within a single festival, we can have titles as disparate as Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendor speaks to the enduring allure of not only horror, and science fiction, but also mysticism in the arts. SpectreFest is more than just a festival—it’s a statement.”

You can learn more about the schedule at the official SpectreFest website. And you can hear Dante talk about a couple of Corman’s films in the clips below from Dante’s essential-viewing-for-cinephiles website, Trailers From Hell.