Let’s be frank, there’s no way this will not be entertaining.
Back in October, the New York Times reported Al Pacino is set to play Phil Spector in an HBO film about the disgraced music producer. Barry Levinson, of Rain Man and Sleepers fame will direct, while David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) is on writing duty.
One of pop music’s greatest producers, and inventor of the “wall of sound” technique, the frequently troubled Spector was found guilty in 2009, after a long trial, of murdering actress Lana Clarkson.
According to Pacino’s agent at the time, John L. Burnham, “[Pacino] saw a very interesting character to play, and he likes the sensibility of David and Barry.”
This week, more information has emerged about the project. The script is complete, while Bette Midler will play Linda Kenney Baden, one of Spector’s defense attorneys in the aforementioned trial. Jeffrey Tambor, meanwhile, will play defense attorney Bruce Cutler. From reports on the film, it appears that the focus will be very much on the trial as opposed to a full Spector biopic.
No projected release date has been given for the film. Whether Pacino will wear that wig is as yet unconfirmed.