Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot: Biopic on quadriplegic Artist to be Directed by Van Sant

Star Joaquin Phoenix and director Gus Van Sant may reteam on Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, the biopic on quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

Iconoclast and Anonymous Content are producing the picture, which is based on Callahan’s autobiography of the same name. Callahan became a paralyzed in a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy.  His work was controversial for its taboo topics, leading to boycotts in his hometown of Portland.

Callahan’s work was published in the New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy before his death in 2010.

Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce the movie for Iconoclast, and Steve Golin will produce for Anonymous Content.

There were attempts to adapt the book since its publication in 1989–Robin Williams wanted to play the role of Callahan.

Phoenix and Van Sant had made the 1995 black comedy To Die For.

Phoenix was going to  play the lead in Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, which eventually starred Matthew McConaughey.