On Friday Anchor Bay Films is distributing the spirited feature-length documentary Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel into LA and NY theaters. But the DIY producer/director won’t be basking in the glory. Instead, at an age when most Hollywood veterans might want to slow down, Corman has three movies going at once — The Undead, which is about to start shooting in China, Attack Of The Fifty Foot Cheerleader which is currently filming, and Dance With A Vampyre which also is underway. In fact, the day after he won his honorary Academy Award in 2010, he was back in his office putting the movie Sharktopus together. As Alex Stapleton, director of Corman’s World, tells me, “Roger doesn’t believe in retirement. He has so much passion for what he’s chosen to do with his life, he doesn’t want to quit.” He is so in the moment that he doesn’t even keep archives. “Because he’s committed to living his life like that, he’s been able to make hundreds upon hundreds of movies. I’ve never seen a human being at his age with that much energy.” For example: in the same time Stapleton made Corman’s World, Roger shot 12 movies. Here’s the trailer (text contd below):
Obviously much has changed around Corman since he started his film career in the 1950s and mentored a good portion of today’s Hollywood major players. While he used to compete theatrically with the majors in the 1960s and 1970s, Roger’s B-movie fare now is exclusively released on DVD and Blu-Ray and VOD as well as television. But as Stapleton documents in Corman’s World, he still makes movies the same way from Day One — fast, furious, and cheap. He still takes on talent with no experience, and mentors them with instruction no film school can teach, and Corman’s World covers Roger’s glory years and features exclusive interviews with not just the usual suspects Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, and Ron Howard, but also Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, Paul W.S. Anderson, and Brett Ratner, to name a few. Corman also hasn’t left his political activism behind: The Undead will incorporate the culture clashes in China into its horror storyline. At this point, Roger’s probably gonna be making movies for another 20 years. — From Deadline Team contributor David Konow
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