Linda Lovelace died nearly nine years ago in a car accident but her name will forever be synonymous with Deep Throat, the el-cheapo 1972 porn movie which made a fortune and was the first to screen in mainstream cinemas.
Her colourful life could be the subject of not one but two fictional movies following the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat.
You probably read that Lindsay Lohan was to play the porn star in Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story until a falling out with the British director Matthew Wilder, whose screenplay is based on Ordeal: An Autobiography by Linda Lovelace with Mike McGrady.
Wilder, whose only previous movie is the little-seen drama Your Name Here, announced on his Facebook page last November that he'd fired Lohan because it was impossible to insure her and other issues related to her drug and alcohol addiction.
Subsequently Wilder hired Malin Akerman to play the role, with Paz de la Huerta as a character named Bobo and Harold Perrineau as Sammy Davis Jr. Wilder said he aimed to start shooting in February, although the project is still listed as in pre-production on IMDB.com.
Last week Deadline.com broke the story about a rival Lovelace biopic which would be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, whose movie Howl premiered at the 2010 Sundance festival.
James Franco, who played Allen Ginsberg, the avant-garde poet and founder of the Beat movement in Howl, is in talks to take the role of the porn star's abusive husband/manager Chuck Traynor in Lovelace, the W. Merritt Johnson-scripted adaptation of Eric Danville's book The Complete Linda Lovelace. According to Deadline's Mike Fleming, Kate Hudson has been offered the lead role.
“Franco is not a certainty because his schedule is so busy,” Fleming reported. “He's unveiled plans to direct two movies, and he's joining Nicole Kidman on Broadway this fall in the David Cromer-directed Sweet Bird. All this makes the Traynor role uncertain, but Franco is certainly in discussions.”
When Lovelace quit the business, reverted to her real name Linda Boreman and divorced Traynor, she accused him of coercing her into prostitution and pornography through bullying, beatings and hypnotism. She died in 2002, aged 53.
Shot for just $US25,000 and lasting 61 minutes, Deep Throat featured Lovelace as a woman with “an unusual birth defect,” who consults a doctor who has an unorthodox solution to make the best of her situation, according to the coyly-worded synopsis on IMDB. It spawned dozens of imitators and at least five sequels.
Is there a market for two legit Lovelace movies? One commentator, Cinematical's Alison Nastasi, isn't sure. “Two Lovelace movies are probably 1.5 too many, but Franco as Traynor has exciting potential,” she observes. “Can the actor pull off a performance based on a vile man who forced a woman into sexual servitude?”