In the 1990s, Gus Van Sant liked the Phoenix’s, directing River Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho and a few years later Joaquin Phoenix in To Die For. Both were seminal roles for the actors, and since then Van Sant and Joaquin have talked about working together again numerous times, but either their schedules didn’t work out, ot the movie they were working on together fell through.
However, now they’re attempting to come together again, with Variety reporting that they’re set to team on Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, the long-gestating biopic of cartoonist John Callahan. And it really is long-gestating, as various Hollywood figures have been working on adapting Callahan’s autobiography since before My Own Private Idaho was made (Robin Williams was initially attached to play Callahan in the late-80s and early-90s).
The biopic will follow Callahan who was ‘paralyzed in a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. For decades Callahan’s work raised eyebrows for its taboo topics leading to numerous boycotts in his hometown of Portland. His work was published in the New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy before his death in 2010.’ John’s work often touched on macabre topics, with a particular interest in physical disability, with his work labelled politically incorrect by many.
It’s not clear when the movie may shoot.