WATCH: New Film Looks at '90s Notorious Porn Brat Pack

By Jeremy Kinser

Originally published on Advocate.com April 06 2012 7:14 PM ET

A new film titled The Porn Brat Pack featuring Willam Belli, Ryan O'Connor, and Missi Pyle will revisit the hedonistic, drug-fueled days of late porn star Joey Stefano and director Chi Chi LaRue.

The film will chronicle a complex family who lived together, loved together, and in some cases, died together. Belli will play transgender porn star Karen Dior, while O'Connor will portray LaRue, and Pyle has been cast adult entertainment legend Sharon Kane. The role of Stefano has yet to be cast.

Director-screenwriter Chad Darnell was initially turned down by LaRue, born Larry Paciotti, when he approached the famed porn impresario about making the film about him and his friends. Darnell persisted and was eventually given permission in 2010. Darnell based his screenplay entirely on interviews with the surviving members of the infamous pack: Paciotti, Sharon Kane, Mickey Skee, and Chris Green, among others. Stefano died of a drug overdose in 1994, while Dior, born Geoffrey Gann, died of AIDS-related causes in 2004.

Darnell originally intended to make a film about late porn star Stefano. "I worked as a casting director at Central Casting when I first moved to L.A. and every day I saw a lot of Joey Stefanos come through the doors," he tells The Advocate. "Kids wanting to be famous and then discovering drugs as a way to cope with the lives they created for themselves. Pretending to be someone else in order to be known by everyone. I watched a few of them die. I watched a few of them go on to be some of the biggest stars in the business. You never know what cards you're going to get dealt."

Darnell compares researching his screenplay to going on a spiritual journey. "I even found one of the members in the pack in my church," he reveals. "And I was fascinated by their journeys. Especially Chi Chi, who had a love for someone who could not love him back. I really identified with that. He became one of the biggest producers and directors in the industry, became one of the loudest voices for safe sex in the community, and continues to shape and carve and grow. He's someone who has survived. And the fact that this is a story about addiction and that he's just recently started his journey in sobriety tells me that I'm on the right path and I'm supposed to tell this story. I admire him."

Darnell expects to begin filming this summer.

Watch a behind-the-scenes promo below.