Rob Zombie directing Groucho Marx biopic

Well here's an unlikely match of director and subject matter! According to Deadline, Rob Zombie is set to branch out beyond his usual horror remit to direct a new Groucho Marx biopic focusing on the final years in the life of the legendary comic.

Adapted from Steve Stoliar's memoir Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House, the new film will chronicle Groucho's twilight years from the perspective of his personal secretary and archivist. During his time in the role, Stoliar had a first-hand view of the family dynamic between the Marx brothers, while also dealing with Erin Fleming, Groucho's companion and general custodian.

“I have been a huge Groucho Marx fan ever since I was a child and have read countless book on the comic legend, but after reading the book Raised Eyebrows, a totally new perspective on Groucho’s life emerged,” says Zombie. “I immediately saw this project as Groucho’s Sunset Boulevard and knew I had to bring it to the big screen. It is a sad, funny and very dark tale of a one of Hollywood’s greatest stars final years.” No release date has been confirmed at this stage.

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