It was only a matter of time before this would happen. Phil Spector has always been an interesting character, and his legacy as a music producer is enough of a story in itself, but since a struggling actress was killed in the foyer of his mansion in 2003 and he was sent to prison for the murder in 2009, the frizzy haired mogul’s story has become even more intriguing. Now, HBO Films is working on Spector’s biopic which is set to star Al Pacino, and honestly, I’m not sure there’s anyone else who’d be more fitting.
Spector, who was known for pioneering “the wall of sound” production technique (famously applied to The Beatles’ “Let it Be”) has worked with everyone from The Beatles and The Ramones to Leonard Cohen and The Righteous Brothers. Even so, the era that most of us are interested in is his most recent decade. Pacino not only very eerily resembles Spector in appearance and voice (it’s an almost disturbingly close match), but he’s also got the talent to unwrap the Spector enigma.
To add to the Pacino factor, playwright and screenwriter David Mamet (Heist, Wag the Dog) will pen the script for the biopic. Could this team be any more promising? Considering that Pacino is now 70 years old (I can’t believe it either) and Spector is 71, it would seem that the film will focus heavily on the latest string of events rather than spending a huge chunk of the film’s runtime on his musical contributions. (I’m hoping they find a way to explain that terrifying hairdo, too.)
While this isn’t exactly Hannibal (which Mamet also wrote), this film is shaping up to be one terrifying life story.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter