Johnny Carson Biography Coming To The Big Screen

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The estate of the late Johnny Carson has given the go-ahead for a movie about his life.

The Norfolk Daily News reports the project is being written by John McLaughlin, who adapted the biopic "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins.

Carson was the longtime host of television's "The Tonight Show." He was born in Corning, Iowa, grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He began his broadcasting career in 1950 at WOW radio and television in Omaha.

Carson died in California in 2005.

The movie will be based on the upcoming book, "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait," written by Bill Zehme, who was a consultant and appeared in the "American Masters" documentary, "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night," that first aired on PBS last May.

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