John Waters Returns To Directing To Adapt His Novel ‘Liarmouth’

Legendary director John Waters is getting back behind the camera. Best known for his transgressive cult films such as Female Trouble, Pink Flamingos, and more, Waters will return to the directing chair for the first time since 2004 to adapt his own novel Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.

The book revolves around Marsha ‘Liarmouth’ Sprinkle, a con artist and luggage thief. Hated by everyone — including dogs, children, and her own family — she’s on the run and forced, for once in her life, to tell the truth.

The novel is described as a “funny, filthy tale of sex, crime, and family dysfunction,” a description which could be applied to almost any Waters film. While he may no longer have the ability to shock quite as much – there probably won’t be real coprography in this one like Pink Flamingos – Waters has always been a singular, fascinating talent whose work is always unique.

Waters said in a statement that he’s “thrilled to be back in the movie business, hopefully to spread demented joy to adventuresome moviegoers around the world.”

Waters’ films from the late 80s onward are a little more mainstream, such as Serial Mom, Hairspray, and Cry-Baby, so Liarmouth is likely to be more akin to those than his earlier work.

His last film was 2004’s A Dirty Shame, though Waters does have an extensive acting career that includes recent roles on Search Party, The Blacklist, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Liarmouth was published back in May. Steve Rabineau will produce the adaptation alongside Village Roadshow Pictures, and more information should be available soon. It will be fascinating to see how a Waters film works in the 2020s.


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