‘Dead Circus’ With Michael C. Hall and Melissa Leo Is Not About Murder At Cirque Du Soleil

Tuesday, March 29 by

As if circus clowns didn’t give you enough nightmares, now there’s such a thing as a “dead circus.” Luckily, it has nothing to do with a ringmaster murdering kids with a bunch of trained tigers.

Palermo Pictures is looking to put Dead Circus into production soon. It’s a let’s-muck-around-with-actual-historical events drama based on the real life death of 60s singer Bobby Fuller. Do you vaguely remember hearing this song about fighting the law and the law winning? He did that. The cast is pretty solid so far: Michael C. HallDexter“), James Marsden (X-Men), Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and Melissa Leo (aka The Oscar F-Bomber).

The story is about a screenwriter — trust me, it does get better — who’s investigating the supposed suicide of newly minted pop star Fuller in 1966. The problem? Most people don’t commit suicide by badly bruising themselves and pouring gasoline down their own throats. Then we veer off into the Make Believe Zone, when the writer discovers that Fuller’s “suicide” ties in with the Manson family and snuff film buried in Death Valley. Guys, something tells me this was not actually a suicide at all.

Dead Circus will be directed by its co-writer Adam Davenport, with novel writer John Kaye sharing writing credit. (Deadline)


  1. March 29, 2011 5:45 pm


    Casting Melissa Leo as a matriarch of the Manson family is a brilliant move. It guarantees the success of the movie and assures that Melissa will be considered for another Oscar. She is on a role and will probably win. This year she invited Alice Ward, the woman she portrayed in “The Fighter”, to be her “Oscar Date.” Unfortunately, Alice’s health prevented her from attending. Next year she should invite Charles Manson to be her “Oscar Date,” provided that Governor Brown will release him from prison for the evening. Think about it! The Kodak Theatre may be empty, but the TV audience would rival that of the Super Bowl. It would ensure that Melissa’s “F” bomb will be forever forgotten. Most important, Joan Rivers and Ryan Seacrest will be able to have field day talking about his beautiful prison uniform and how it compares with new fashion trends.

  2. March 29, 2011 5:45 pm

    Linda L

    I am not sure if you are just cynical or being funny. Anyway, interesting comment

  3. March 29, 2011 5:45 pm


    Linda L, have you no sense of humor? Surely such a move would prompt Charlie Sheen to proclaim: “Melissa Leo has tiger blood.”

    I am a big Melissa Leo fan and I feel that an Academy Award winner brings more to the table than Marsden and Hall.

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