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John Waters to Write, Conduct ‘Liarmouth’, Helming’s First Concert Since 2004 – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: In what marks a high-profile return to filmmaking for John Waters, Village Roadshow Pictures has opted for his new novel Liarmouth: A Sentimental Romance. Waters will write the screenplay and direct.

This will be Waters’ first time behind the camera since 2004 A filthy shame. Steve Rabineau will produce alongside Village Roadshow Entertainment, which Steve Mosko has revived as producer and financier. Mosko and Waters are from Baltimore.

Liarmouth is the craziest thing I’ve written in a while, so maybe it’s fitting that my novel was shocking enough to kickstart my movie career,” Waters said. “Glad to be back in the movie industry, hopefully spreading some crazy joy to adventurous moviegoers everywhere.”

The novel follows Marsha Sprinkle, a suitcase thief, con artist and master of disguise. Dogs and children hate her. His own family wants him dead. She’s smart, she’s desperate, she’s confused, and she’s on the run with a big chip on her shoulder. They call her Liarmouth – until a madman tells her the truth.

The novel was published in May by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It’s described as a funny, dirty tale of sex, crime, and family dysfunction — and why would Waters return to movies for anything less?

The Baltimore-based indie icon’s work includes the classics Hairspray, Flamingos, Serial Mom, Cry-Baby, Cecil B. Demented, Polyester and others. The deal was brokered by Paradigm’s Jack Tantleff for Clegg’s agency and Waters attorney Jason P. Hendler at Hansen Jacobson Teller.