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EXCLUSIVE: Witness the resurrection of ‘Showgirls’

Leave your inhibitions at the door: the cult classic Showgirls is about to make a comeback of sorts.

Jeffrey Schwarz, the Emmy-winning director of films like The Fabulous Allan Carr, Tab Hunter Confidential and I am Divine, has finally announced the release date for his long-in-the-making, hotly anticipated documentary Goddess: The Fall and Rise of Showgirls.

And we just nabbed the exclusive debut of the trailer.

Goddess will follow the rise and fall…and the subsequent rise of Showgirls, the notorious 1995 NC-17 movie that earned status as one of the most maligned films in history. As directed by Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) and with a script by Joe Esterhas (Basic Instinct), Showgirls intended to take the erotic drama genre to the next level.

Instead, it just about killed the career of former Saved By The Bell star Elizabeth Berkley, who took on the lead role of dancer Nomi Malone. Berkley intended the part–which required erotic dancing and hardcore nudity–to transition her into adult roles. She also hoped the film would launch her into the same kind of megastardom that the previous collaboration between Verhoeven and Esterhas, Basic Instinct, had brought to Sharon Stone.

Instead, it painted her as one of the worst actresses in Hollywood. Her job prospects sank, as did those of her costars Gina Gershon, Kyle McLachlan, Robert Davi and Glenn Plummer.

Now, Schwarz wants to find out what went so wrong, and hear the stories of the creative minds that lived through the debacle. “Showgirls is a misunderstood masterpiece,” Schwarz explains, “and although it is a gaudy, over the top spectacle, it wrestles with issues of sex, power, and the American Dream. Goddess will dig deep into the intentions of its creators, recount the negative reaction by the press and the public, and chronicle how the cult of Showgirls has grown over the years.”

Schwarz is currently on post-production on the movie and seeking donations via Kickstarter to help complete the film. Goddess will hit movie screens in 2020, just in time for the 25th Anniversary of Showgirls.