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Gustin Nash to Grade ‘Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’

Gus Van Sant has landed Charlie Bartlett and Youth in Revolt scribe Gustin Nash for a rewrite job on the much anticipated Fox Searchlight title, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. The original screenplay was penned by Milk writer Dustin Lance Black. Once the final pages are complete – we should expect a fruitful casting process – with stoner-faced James Franco as an ideal candidate for Van Sant to re-team with.

Gus Van Sant has landed Charlie Bartlett and Youth in Revolt scribe Gustin Nash for a rewrite job on the much anticipated Fox Searchlight title, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. The original screenplay was penned by Milk writer Dustin Lance Black. Once the final pages are complete – we should expect a fruitful casting process – with stoner-faced James Franco as an ideal candidate for Van Sant to re-team with.

Gist: Based on the Tom Wolfe novel and written by Lance Black, this is the story of a cross-country road trip that “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” author Ken Kesey orchestrated with a group called the Merry Pranksters. Driving in a psychedelically painted bus from California to visit the World’s Fair in New York in 1964, Kesey and his band used the trip as a way to turn on those they met to the mind-expanding wonders of LSD.

Worth Noting: Perhaps an ideal companion piece — Alex Gibney just presented the docu Magic Trip at this year’s Sundance — here’s an interview with IndieWIRE’s Anne Thompson.

 

Do We Care?: With My Own Private Idaho and Gerry, we say that a Gus Van Sant road-trip movie is always a must see — especially if this follows in the heals of On the Road (beat gen and psychedelic movement figure/Merry Pranksters member Neal Cassady should show up in both films.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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