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John Waters, Reigning King Of Filth, Will Direct His First Movie In Nearly 20 Years

“Thrilled to be back in the movie business, hopefully to spread demented joy."

Filmmaking is about to get filthy again.

John Waters, the legendary filmmaker responsible for cult movies like Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Hairspray, is finally stepping behind the camera again to direct his first feature since 2004's A Dirty Shame.

According to Deadline, the new movie will be based on Waters' novel, Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance, which was released earlier this year. Village Roadshow Pictures has optioned the book, and Waters will write the script and direct.

Liarmouth is the craziest thing I’ve written in a while so maybe it’s fitting that my novel was shocking enough to jumpstart the engine of my film career,” said Waters. “Thrilled to be back in the movie business, hopefully to spread demented joy to adventuresome moviegoers around the world.”

The official synopsis of Liarmouth reads: 

Marsha Sprinkle: Suitcase thief. Scammer. Master of disguise. Dogs and children hate her. Her own family wants her dead. She’s smart, she’s desperate, she’s disturbed, and she’s on the run with a big chip on her shoulder. They call her Liarmouth—until one insane man makes her tell the truth.

The self-proclaimed "Filth Elder" has been the "Baron of Bad Taste" since he released the cult classic, Pink Flamingos, his trashy tale of Baltimore heathens, back in 1972. The film celebrated its 50th anniversary this past June by being added to the prestigious Criterion Collection.

It’s been a busy year for the Baltimorean, who in addition to releasing Liarmouth, had cameos on Search Party and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He embarked on a book tour and a new art show in — where else? — Baltimore. Waters also hosted a variety of in-person events too, including a formal dinner at the Provincetown dump, and his annual adult sleepaway summer camp.

For his impact on queer culture, Waters was named this year's Logo Legend, part of the annual Logo30 Pride Month event:

"What makes somebody legendary is that they last, and they don't sell out, and they continue to surprise people no matter what age they are," Waters explained to Logo. "I just have always made the next movie, book, everything that I felt would make me laugh, and I'm lucky enough where there are enough people that agree with me."

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