Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater has signed with Focus Features to write and direct a Bill Hicks biopic, according to the folks at Collider.

Hicks, who was raised in Houston and started his comedy career in the Lone Star State, is a favorite son of underground Texas, up there with Willie and Roky.

After a meteoric rise, Hicks died from pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. His legend has only grown since.


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Collider quotes a 2011 film of Linklater talking about Hicks: “There’s not quite any others like him. They don’t speak in the same voice. You’d think people would take that torch and go with it, but it’s a rare combination of that kind of intelligence, mysticism, political, you know … his politics, his angle, it’s pretty unique. Everything that’s going on in our culture, I always think, what would Bill Hicks be doing? You just miss him.”

No word on Linklater’s rumored movie about Houston in the late '60s/early '70s. Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple‘s bestselling novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer is set to release March 22 (making it a sure bet for a South By Southwest headliner).

All of this raises the question: Who should star as Bill Hicks?