John Waters dropped into the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo last night to plug the paperback edition of his hitchhiking chronicle, Carsick, and fulfill everyone’s Instagram fantasies: “I’m a real whore – we’ll do pictures!” he announced to the adoring crowd shortly before the book signing began. But the real question, for fans who’d already read the Prince of Puke’s tales of hitching from Baltimore to San Francisco, was: what’s he working on next?
It’s no secret that Waters has long wanted to make a holiday movie, Fruitcake, about a family of Baltimore meat thieves, but, as he noted last night, no one’s funding $5 million films these days, and at 69 he’s too old to go the underground route.
What about Kickstarter, asked moderator Mike Sacks of Vanity Fair.
“I can’t do Kickstarter, I own three homes!” the Baltimore-Provincetown-New York resident said.
But don’t rule out a return to the big screen. “There’s been talk of the book being optioned,” Waters revealed, adding that he wouldn’t direct the adaptation but he’d be up for playing himself in it. But really, he pointed out, they should just get Steve Buscemi. (Though admittedly he’s more often mistaken for Don Knotts.)
But the real bit of news came when an audience member asked Waters, who recently did a kiddie version of Pink Flamingos and is set to give a commencement speech at RISD this weekend, if he’d consider doing a tv project. “Oh sure, definitely,” he said. “I have a project right now that’s maybe going to happen on tv that I can’t talk about… Definitely, are you kidding? Yes.” (Update: You can watch the commencement address here.)
Sure, Woody Allen regrets his tv deal with Amazon, but Waters thinks the Woodman has “the most enviable career of any American film director,” since “the day he’s finished he starts the next one,” sans studio notes. Still, said the man known for his shit-eating and chicken-fucking scenes, “I wish he’d go back and be serious again — make Another Woman or September. I love those Bergman movies.” And he loves actual Bergman movies as well, in part because “Bergman had puke scenes before anybody… and he had nudity before anybody, too.”
“I used to make Divine go see Bergman movies on acid,” Waters confessed. “I’m the only person who saw Hour of the Wolf on acid.”
Speaking of Divine, there may soon be a rerelease of Multiple Maniacs, the 1970 flick in which Waters’s leading (wo)man famously gets assaulted by a gigantic lobster in a scene that’s like Annie Hall on, well, acid. “I’m in the middle of hopefully getting a new print paid for and restoring the whole movie and having it come out again,” Waters revealed.