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Since it's a glorious Memorial Day Weekend, Neil and I ended up watching Bullitt on Blu-ray yesterday, reliving the genius of Steve McQueen. Who else could make waking up look bad ass? No one. That's your answer. Which is why a biopic of the actor is such a great and terrible idea. We reported back in March that there were actually two projects in the works, one based off a memoir from his first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel, and the other based off the biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel" written by Marshall Terrill. It would be fantastic to see a project shine a greater spotlight on this American icon, but the problem - as usual - is finding just the right actor to play the part. It would have to be someone who can pull the camera's gaze even when he's in the background of a scene, and »
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Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer (L) and contributing writer Todd Garbarini with Robert Vaughn, who is holding both his recently-published memoir and an ultra-rare promotional brochure for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Photo copyright: Mark Yuknevitch) By Lee Pfeiffer
On Saturday May 23, actor Robert Vaughn appeared at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's tribute to Steve McQueen, introducing a screening of John Sturges' 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven. Hundreds of classic movie lovers gave Vaughn an enthusiastic greeting, as he reflected on the making of the film in his introduction. He quipped that he got the gig by default because he's the last remaining member of the legendary "Seven". Vaughn recalled how Sturges cast him after seeing the 27 year-old actor's Oscar-nominated performance in The Young Philadelphians.Sturges then asked him if he knew a "Gary Cooper-type" to play the part of Britt, the knife-thrower. Vaughn instantly recommended his college buddy James Coburn, »
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the writing deal is for seven figures.
Wigutow will adapt Marshall Terrill's biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel", the film rights for which were nabbed by Cerenzie-Peters Prods. in January. The company will produce with Arthaus Pictures' Brian Oliver and Chuck Rock, who brought in the project.
Wigutow's script will trace McQueen's development from reform-school delinquent to the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and cover the star's obsession with motorcycles and racing, his drug abuse, his marriages and affairs and his hard-fought battle with cancer, which felled him in 1980 at age 50. According to the trade, Cerenzie acquired the cooperation of McQueen's widow, Barbara Minty, as well.
"McQueen wasn't only the leading man of his era, »
Jesse Wigutow has been hired to write the screenplay for a big screen Steve McQueen biopic, which will be based on Marshall Terrill's biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel." Wigutow's script will trace McQueen's development from reform-school delinquent to the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and cover the star's obsession with motorcycles and racing, his drug abuse, his marriages and affairs and his hard-fought battle with cancer, which killed him in 1980 at age 50. "McQueen wasn't only the leading man of his era, he was the prototype for the modern-day movie star," Wigutow said. "Between the motorcycles and the paparazzi and his highly publicized relationship with Ali MacGraw, he epitomized fame and intrigue. When the opportunity comes along to really examine what makes a man like that tick, you say yes." The producers are looking to nail down a director and a star in time for a fall production. »
Right now, for reasons we can’t entirely explain, there are two separate biopics of the late, great Steve McQueen in development – and today, one of them got a serious headstart on the other by hiring a writer.Jesse Wigutow has picked up a seven-figure deal (we hope for his sake that any decimal point comes after the seventh figure) to write an adaptation of Steve McQueen: Portrait Of An American Rebel, the Marshal Terrill biography to which producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters bought the rights back in January.Soon after that came news that producer David Foster, who worked with McQueen on The Getaway, was planning his own biopic of the legendary king of cool, based on the book, My Husband, My Friend, written by McQueen’s first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel.But with Wigutow’s hiring, American Rebel (Empire’s working title; the movie itself is »
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Jesse Wigutow is taking on the King of Cool.
Wigutow will work from Marshall Terrill's biography "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel," to which Cerenzie ("Before the Devil Knows You're Dead") and Peters ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days") nabbed film rights in January. Cerenzie-Peters Prods., which has a first-look deal with Paramount, will produce with Arthaus Pictures' Brian Oliver and Chuck Rock, who brought in the project.
Wigutow's script will trace McQueen's development from reform-school delinquent to the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and cover the star's obsession with motorcycles and racing, his drug abuse, his marriages »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Ok, I'll admit it. I'm part of a younger generation that doesn't know all that much about Steve McQueen. But apparently my elders in Hollywood are dead set in me learning more about that guy, now that there are two biopics in the works about the action star. We've already told you about the first project, and now Variety has announced that there's a second one planned, based on the memoir by McQueen's first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel, titled My Husband, My Friend. This is by no means the first time two battling biopic have been in the works. Recently both Gus van Sant and Bryan Singer were planning biopics about Harvey Milk, and now that van Sant's Milk is an Oscar nominee, it's hard to imagine that Singer will ever get his made. Now the question is which project can get going first, and whether we'll be seeing McQueen's »
If it seems like mere weeks ago we were pondering ideas for who could play Steve McQueen in a just-announced biopic, that’s because, er, it was. But now there’s another one. Yes, hot on the heels of Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters’ film announcement comes news that producer David Foster is throwing his hat into the ring. Foster has two advantages – he used to work for McQueen as his publicist before becoming a producer and working with him, and McQueen’s first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel has given...
Two films about the iconic Steve McQueen are racing to the big screen!
Here's the comparison breakdown:
Working Title: "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel"
Based On: Marshall Terrill's biography of the same title
Project Will Focus On: McQueen's career as well as his three marriages, including his stormy relationship with Ali McGraw, as well as his battle against lung cancer.
McQueen Connection: Barbara Minty, McQueen's widow, is collaborating with the producers
Working Title: "McQueen"
Producer: David Foster
Based On: Memoir by McQueen's first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel called "My Husband, My Friend"
Project Will Focus On: Relationship between Toffel and McQueen
McQueen Connection: Toffel, plus Foster used to be McQueen's publicist and he was also the producer of the actor's flick, "The Getaway"
Alright, both films have the blessings of McQueen's ex-wives, but the first film sound more intriguing -- drugs, »
9 items from 2009
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