In a bit of déjà vu, another star abruptly exited a Linda Lovelace biopic yesterday. Is Demi Moore’s departure from Lovelace simply a bit of bad timing or a signal of something more cosmic? Could Lovelace be following the same troubled path as Inferno, the competing biopic that had to replace Lindsay Lohan with Malin Akerman? Is there a curse on the house of Lovelace?
Given Lovelace’s tragic life and her dramatic turnabout as a feminist icon, she seems like a ready-made subject for an Oscar-bait film — if it’s done right. Though Inferno began making headlines in 2009 (a few months before Lovelace), director Matthew Wilder’s bold choice to cast Lohan in Inferno created a world of trouble. His back-and-forth headline-grabbing attempt to hang on to Lohan despite her court battles ultimately spiraled the production months behind schedule, leaving cast mates Matt Dillon, Sasha Grey, Paz de la Huerta, and Harold Perrineau hanging. With Jan. 5’s news that Adam Goldberg has joined the project, it is reportedly on track to begin production in Louisiana next month, but is it too late?
After all, Lovelace, directed by Howl helmers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, seems to have used Inferno‘s stumbles to assemble its cast and begin production on Dec. 20. Now, it’s riding high on buzz and a strong supporting cast that includes Adam Brody, Hank Azaria, Chris Noth, Bobby Cannavale, Robert Patrick, and the just-announced Chloë Sevigny. Then again, Lohan’s casting in Inferno was a major news item until her personal problems, like Moore’s, started a downward spiral for the production that has taken months to address. Is Moore’s exit the first domino, or an isolated incident? Only time will tell, but the very fact that the film came out with a casting announcement the day after Moore’s exit seems to indicate that Lovelace is alive and well.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Will a Lovelace film ever make it to pictures? Since other porn-centric biographies and documentaries (Wonderland, Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy) haven’t left much of an impression on moviegoers, is there even a market for one Lovelace film, let alone two?