Errol Flynn's Grandson to Star ... as His Grandfather

by | October 13, 2005 | Comments

Luke Flynn, grandson of legendary matinee idol Errol Flynn, will portray his grandfather in an upcoming biopic, says Variety.

"Luke Flynn will play his grandfather Errol in "In Like Flynn," a film that tells the story of his pre-Hollywood adventures on the high seas.

Scripted by Flynn, Corey Large and Kyle Kramer from Flynn’s own memoir "Beam Ends," the $12 million film will start production next year in Australia. Shimon Arama is producing with Large and Alan Pao. The book’s title refers to the last visible sign before a ship sinks.

Large and Flynn started writing after they starred together in "Window Theory," a romantic comedy Large wrote and produced. Flynn owned the rights to his grandfather’s book, which portrayed Flynn as a swashbuckling daredevil long before he became a film star. That included opium smuggling, womanizing, bar brawling and gold mining, all in the name of getting to Hollywood.

"The film begins with a 23-year-old who’d been bitten by the acting bug but had no money to make his way from Australia to take a film role he’d been offered," said Large, who’ll play one of Flynn’s shipmates and put the film together through his Wingman Productions banner. "He won a boat in a card game and set sail with three friends. And everything that could go wrong went wrong.""

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