This is a true story about a great friendship, about movies, about love, and about triumphing over devastating misfortune. But it's never been told onscreen before ...
For decades, filmmakers have tried to make a motion picture about one of the greatest tragedies in Hollywood history: the story of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, a silent movie superstar who was tried three times on false charges of manslaughter, and whose career, despite his complete exoneration, never recovered. Those previous projects, however, never got off the ground, perhaps because no one found the right way to tell this story.
We are three creators who have written a script about the great friendship between Buster Keaton and his mentor, Arbuckle, for a streaming eight-part series – a format that provides sufficient scope to deal with all the personal, social and historical implications of this fascinating tale.
It's our dream to turn this screenplay into a major streaming series. We're inviting visitors to this site to share that dream with us and work with us to make it happen.
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This New Yorker article discusses the Arbuckle scandal and why it's still relevant to today's world with the rise of the #MeToo movement, the excesses of the mainstream media and the scandals of social media platforms like Facebook.
A broadcast interview from 1960 with Studs Terkel, in which the great Buster talks in considerable detail about the art of the gag, what worked and what didn't, and says some very interesting things about Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle.
An article from Smithsonian Magazine containing a few minor inaccuracies, but which is basically truthful in its depiction of the terrible wrong done to Roscoe Arbuckle and his reputation by the media and by powerful people in Hollywood.
By a happy coincidence, two well-reviewed new books on Buster Keaton have just been published: Dana Stevens' Camera Man and James Curtis' Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life. This New Yorker review fascinatingly compares both.
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