Legendary movie critic Roger Ebert just spilled the Twitter beans that his 2011 memoir, Life Itself, was just optioned to be turned into a documentary by Hoop Dreams director Steve James and Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Moneyball, Gangs of New York, Schindler's List). Martin Scorcese will serve as executive producer. No word yet on whether Mr. Ebert will recuse his thumbs when this movie is released. (via Flavorwire)

6 Responses to “Roger Ebert's memoir is going to become a movie that might be awkward for him to review”

  1. Navin_Johnson says:

    James also did The Interrupters.  This sounds awesome, and it would be a fitting tribute Ebert.

  2. Here’s how he handled a “review” of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, for which he wrote the screenplay:  http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19700101/REVIEWS/708110301/1023

  3. Brainspore says:

    If Charlie Kaufman can write a movie that’s about itself then surely Roger Ebert can have a movie that reviews itself.

  4. crummett says:

    Who better to review it?

  5. Alan Olsen says:

    He won’t recuse his thumbs, just sit on them.

  6. kent williams says:

    Obviously anything he would write about this movie can’t be regarded as objective film criticism. But don’t you want to read it anyway?

    While I’m on the subject: I write music reviews.  I’ve written hundreds of them, over the last 14 years.  I think that objectivity is crap. You’re paid to be personal and subjective, and what other reaction does one have to art but a personal one?
    I think “This movie is based on my autobiography, and here’s what I think of it.” is a perfectly fine first sentence for a review. Even better would be if he hated it.  And actually wouldn’t a movie based on Ebert’s life that was awful be more interesting than one that was earnest and well crafted?

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