Skip to main content

Johnny Carson Biopic In The Works

Much like how they feel about Christopher Walken, impressionists love to do the voice of Johnny Carson. In addition to being a brilliant television host, Carson also had a unique vocal style, not to mention a few catch-phrases (including the famous "weird, wild stuff"). Now it looks like years of practice could pay off for one impressionist, as now a biopic about the legend is in the works.

Deadline says that producers John McLaughlin and Tom Thayer are now working with Carson's estate to make a movie about the beloved Tonight Show host. McLaughlin, who had a hand in writing the Best Picture Oscar-nominated Black Swan as well as the upcoming film Hitchcock, is adapting the script based on author Bill Zehme's book "Carson The Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait." Zehme was the only journalist that Carson spoke with following his retirement from television, and recently appeared in the documentary King of Late Night, a recent episode of American Masters about the host. The site doesn't mention if the movie will be spanning the entertainer's full life or possibly just his time on The Tonight Show. Carson died at the age of 79 in 2005 after a battle with emphysema.

So that, of course, leads us to the biggest question of all: who do you get to play the lead? There are, of course, many talented actors who could tackle the role, but if they were to go with an impressionist I'd say go with Jim Meskimen. Not only does he have the pitch perfect voice, he also looks like the host quite a bit too (the Carson part starts at 2:40, but I recommend watching the entire video as it's quite impressive):

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.