Since I devoured MTV on a daily basis, John Landis was the first director that I became familiar with. I'd seen The Making of Thriller about 300 times, so his face was permanently etched into my brain. Unfortunately, like a number of directors, Landis was huge in the late 70s and 80s, and then his work hit a sharp decline. It's been 10 years since he put out a movie (Don Rickles docs aside), and the last two were Susan's Plan and the movie I still haven't forgiven him for -- Blues Brothers 2000. But now he's not only getting into Epic Proportions -- Variety reports that he will direct Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines.

Landis will develop the feature with scribe Joel Eisenberg, which details the publishing life of the man behind Mad Magazine. The film will focus on "an anti-establishment group of artists and writers, led by a reluctant Gaines and cohort Al Feldstein, as they produce their comicbooks. At the peak of his success, Gaines became a First Amendment figurehead due to his unapologetic testimony before a Senate subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency."

Will this bring Landis back to respectable feature fare? Or, will Gaines' story fall in the once-great hands of the Thriller director?

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