Howard Stern's Latest Role: Movie Mogul
From shock jock to schlock producer, Howard Stern truly is a kingpin of all media.
Variety and the Hollywood Reporter report that the radio powerhouse, 48, who starred in the 1997 “Private Parts” — an often winning but, ultimately, a box-office sputterer based on his best-selling autobiography — is now dipping his feet into deeper cinematic puddles.
As executive producer, Stern plans to develop contemporary remakes of such raunchy, decades-old teen comedies as “Porky’s” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” under the banner “Howard Stern Presents.”
“I think I represent what National Lampoon once meant to the teen audience,” Stern tells Daily Variety. “I’m trying to present something different.”
The original “Porky’s,” produced in Canada in 1981, revolved around a group of male pals and specialized in bare buns and masturbation jokes. It spawned several sequels and introduced audiences to an up-and-coming actress named Kim Cattrall.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” a 1979 high school comedy produced by B-movie king Roger Corman and containing the behind-the-scenes talents of such future stars Jerry Zucker (“Airplane!) and Joe Dante (“Gremlins”), may be best remembered — if it is remembered at all — for its inclusion of the Ramones, a punk band beloved by Stern.
He tells Variety that he would love to use his new “High School” as a launching pad for another up-and-coming group.
“That’s the thing that attracts me to (‘High School’),” Stern said. “Finding a band, working with a record company — that makes a lot of sense. I’d like to have a ‘Singles’ type of soundtrack to tap into whatever the next thing is.”
Production on both projects is tentatively scheduled to begin next summer.