A filmmaker who carved a unique path through the movie industry over the course of a seven-decade career will be the focus of a new 13-episode documentary series. Deadline reports that “Cormans’ Hollywood,” tracking the career of Roger Corman and his wife, Julie, has been set by Shout! Studios, Ace Film HK Co. and Friendship Films.
“Thirteen 50-minute episodes were shot over four months in LA, drawing heavily on the library of the Cormans’ New Horizons Pictures, which Shout! and Ace acquired earlier this year,” Deadline reports. “The series traces the Cormans’ trail-blazing path as independent producers, including their mentorship of young film talent who would go on to become Hollywood royalty.”
Roger Corman, who launched his directing career in the mid-1950s with overlooked and underrated Westerns including “Apache Woman,” “Five Guns West” and “The Oklahoma Woman” — all filmed on the legendary Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif. — went on to direct about 60 movies but really hit his stride as a producer, chalking up more than 400 credits and counting.
He has been called “The Pope of Pop Cinema,” with a filmography heavy on campy classics and cult favorites such as “Little Shop of Horrors,” “The Wild Angels,” “A Bucket of Blood,” “Teenage Cave Man,” “Attack of the Crab Monsters,” “House of Usher,” “Dementia 13,” “Viking Women and the Sea Serpent,” “The Trip” and “Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women.”
Deadline notes that the many A-listers whose careers Corman helped launch include Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda and Jonathan Demme.
“Julie Corman, who chaired the graduate film department at NYU, also worked with Demme, as well as John Sayles, Catherine Hardwicke, Bill Pullman, Martin Sheen and Mario Van Peebles, among others,” Deadline notes.
The series was created, written and co-produced by Ashley Sidaway and Robert Sidaway of Friendship Films, and will be distributed in North America by Shout! Studios, the production arm of Shout! Factory.