Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly -- a girl with kaleidoscope eyes. Ok, well not quite. Instead, we've got Joe Dante's The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes. But I should back up. In 1967 there was a Lovely Sort of Death cult film called The Trip. Written by Jack Nicholson and directed by Roger Corman, the film was pretty much a precursor to Easy Rider -- it teamed Nicholson up with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. While the film lacked a cohesive plot, it was the story of a TV commercial director (Fonda) who indulges in his first dose of LSD after getting divorced from his adulterous wife (Susan Strasberg).

Fast-forward to now -- Joe Dante, who has been completely out of the spotlight except for Gremlins rumors, is gearing up to film a movie that is based on the making of the famous drug feature. According to Time Out, Kaleidoscope Eyes will be a fictional account of the shoot, diving into the drug counterculture that it was immersed in. Corman is said to have dropped acid as research for the film, so I'm sure it will mean many high shenanigans and drug-fuelled diatribes. It will be a cheap feature, coming in $7 million, but the cameos will be anything but. If everything works out, you can expect to spot directorial greats -- Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme and my personal favorite, John Sayles. While I've been itching for more Innerspace, I can't complain. What do you think? Will this finally be the return of Joe Dante?

[via CHUD]