UPDATE (9/27/10): Women of the Web published some faulty info on this project. Per Michael McKean’s Twitter account: “Sorry: it’s nonsense. This story is about Liz Smith’s meds, period.”
There you have it folks. What sounded like Guest’s next promising mock-dock is not to be.
Christopher Guest, a major force behind the cult-favorite mockumentaries “This is Spinal Tap,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show,” is planning a new comedy about the world of obsessive collectors of all things vintage or retro, e.g., comic books, Barbie dolls, vintage magazine ads, vinyl 45-rpm singles, etc.
Women on the Web reports that Guest, along with cohorts Harry Shearer and Michael McKean, are working a new entry into the improvisational faux documentary canon with a comedic examination of the huge underground network of backstabbing, double-crossing collectors willing to do anything to get their Chinese takeout-stained hands on trivial bits of memorabilia like a lock of hair snipped by Edward’s scissorhands.
Michael Patrick Higgins, Jane Lynch and Parker Posey are reportedly being considered for roles.
Rob Reiner’s “This is Spinal Tap,” perhaps the most beloved and acclaimed of all the mockumentaries Guest has been involved in is still in demand, and apparently still financially viable to some studio execs. Guest and the crew are being asked to create a sequel to the send-up of heavy metal absurdity, though the director insists no such plan is in the works.
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