Michelle and Robert King continue the expansion of their King Size Productions with the first project that will not be written by the duo, creators of CBS series The Good Wife and upcoming Braindead. In a competitive situation, the CBS TV Studios-based King Size Prods. has landed Screwed For Life, a cable movie pitch from LBJ writer Joey Hartstone. It tells the story Al Goldstein, the controversial, acerbic, over-the-top founder of Screw magazine and host of his own long-running cable access show Midnight Blue.
Goldstein was the face of porn in 1970s New York with his Screw weekly tabloid, which featured in-depth reviews of porn movies, shows and books, news and features on all things sex as well as scathing editorials, often taking on politicians. A man with huge appetites for all of life’s indulgences, Goldstein — who was married five times and claimed to have had thousands of sexual partners — was also committed to telling the truth and wasn’t afraid to take on anyone who wronged him, from the barista who got his coffee order wrong to J. Edgar Hoover. (Screw ran an article titled “Is J. Edgar Hoover a Fag?”)
The brash Goldstein was arrested 19 times on obscenity charges and was involved in a number of First Amendment lawsuits. Like most publishers in the genre, Goldstein was hit hard by the proliferation of online porn, with his company going bankrupt in 2004. He spent the final years of his life broke and in a nursing home, dying in 2013 at age 77.
“Al Goldstein was an outrageous, larger-than-life character who changed history while changing porn, and no one writes that kind of dynamic, bombastic character better than Joey Hartstone,” said Robert and Michelle King.
The Kings moved on to build their King Size Prods. banner into a full-fledged production company under a new overall deal with CBS Studios they inked last September. The duo made the first major step in April with the hire of Castle Rock Entertainment president Liz Glotzer, who will executive produce Screwed For Life, now in internal development, with the Kings. The first King Size project from an outside writer dovetails with Glotzer’s feature background as it a TV movie from a feature writer.
Hartstone’s first feature, LBJ, whose script landed on the 2014 Black List, just wrapped production with Rob Reiner directing, Woody Harrelson playing Lyndon Johnson and a supporting cast that includes Richard Jenkins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bill Pullman. Hartstone, who also has been teaching screenwriting at UCLA, is repped by CAA and Grandview.
Robert and Michelle King are repped by Paradigm and Jon Moonves.