"King of the B's" gets A-list treatment

Wed May 14, 2008 2:25am EDT
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By Gregg Goldstein

CANNES, France (Hollywood Reporter) - The man who brought more top-drawer directors and bottom-of-the-barrel schlock to Hollywood than anyone will be profiled in the documentary feature "King of the B's: The Independent Life of Roger Corman."

Stick 'N Stone Prods. will finance and produce Alex Stapleton's docu examining the impact of Corman, who over five decades has directed more than 50 films and produced close to 400.

The docu will look at how Corman has influenced the industry through films like 1960's "The Little Shop of Horrors" and the auteurs, including Martin Scorsese, he has mentored. Films like Alexandre Aja's upcoming remake "Piranha 3-D" continue his legacy.

Stapleton, who produced Spike TV and Canal Plus' docu "Just for Kicks," will make his feature directorial debut with "King."

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<p>Film director Roger Corman arrives as a guest for the premiere of the film 'Flags of Our Fathers' about the epic World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, in Beverly Hills, California October 9, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>