Rob Zombie is pretty obviously a huge Groucho Marx fan, with many of the characters in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects named after Marx characters like Captain Spaulding and Rufus T. Firefly. He is not obviously the guy you’d imagine doing a straight biopic, or anything not about abusive/murderous rednecks with bad personal hygiene.
It’s based on a memoir from a Groucho fan who worked for him in his later years, a book Deadline describes as ” the bizarre story of the last years in the life of Groucho Marx, told by a young Marx Brothers fan who spent those years as his personal secretary and archivist. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author found himself in the orbit of Groucho’s brothers Zeppo and Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, S.J. Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. The downside of this dream-come-true was getting close to his idol as the curtain was coming down, and dealing with Erin Fleming – the mercurial woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life.”
She will presumably be played by Sheri Moon Zombie.