I spent years keenly awaiting Cameron Crowe and Tom Cruise’s long-planned biopic of Phil Spector, despite finding the casting of Cruise a touch mystifying. Then that one seemed to get finally and permanently derailed after Spector was convicted for the murder of Lana Clarkson, if not when her fatal shooting originally occurred. Now, I read that another personal favourite of mine, David Mamet, is to make his own Spector picture.
This one is to be produced for HBO, and while it’s in the early stages of development, the casting of Pacino would suggest we shouldn’t expect an early years Wall of Sound musical. No – with Pacino’s intensity and a good (bad?) wig, we could be on for a great portrayal of late-in-the-game Spector. Will the shooting play a part? The trial?
The film will have Barry Levinson as executive producer. Arts Beat get a quote from Pacino, Levinson and Mamet’s shared agent, John L. Burnham of ICM:
[Pacino] saw a very interesting character to play, and he likes the sensibility of David and Barry.