John Waters, the King of Filth, returns to the director’s chair to adapt his own novel, “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.” Legendary cult director, Waters is based out of Baltimore, Maryland, which is also the setting for many of his films. In 1972, he released the micro-budget “Pink Flamingos,” which was greeted by a wave of controversy. Not only did it star drag queen icon Divine, but in the film Divine also eats REAL dog waste.
Since then, most of Waters’ films, which often starred Divine until they passed away in 1988, were deemed controversial. But, that is by design. The entire plot of “Pink Flamingos” is families competing to be named the “filthiest people alive.” So of course he has the characters reviling in their own filth and debauchery.
Waters did have some mainstream crossover successes like the films “Cry-Baby”, “Serial Mom,” and “Hairspray.” The later was adapted into a Broadway musical, which itself was adapted into a movie in 2007. Not to mention his cameo as Homer’s gay friend John on “The Simpsons.”
2003’s “Rugrats Go Wild” even used “Odorama” cards, an idea he developed for the 1981 film, “Polyester.” These were scratch-and-sniff cards given to the audience to help them experience the films’ more pungent moments. But Waters has not sat in the director’s chair since 2004’s “A Dirty Shame” starring Tracy Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, and Selma Blair. The director says he is “thrilled to be back in the movie business, hopefully to spread demented joy to adventuresome moviegoers around the world.”
“Liarmouth” tells the tale of Marsha Sprinkle, a “Suitcase thief. Scammer. Master of disguise. Dogs and children hate her. Her own family wants her dead. She’s smart, she’s desperate, she’s disturbed, and she’s on the run with a big chip on her shoulder. They call her Liarmouth―until one insane man makes her tell the truth.” The novel came out in May, 2022, and is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The film adaptation will be done for Village Roadshow Pictures.
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