On March 24, HBO premieres Phil Spector, a biopic centered around the years leading up to the legendary producer and madman's 2009 murder conviction. Al Pacino steps into the shoes of Spector, whose production credits read like the Rosetta Stone of modern pop music.
Judging by the trailer -- released this week -- it looks like director/writer David Mamet went all-out in depicting Spector as a crazed, gun-toting ladykiller (literally), and Pacino went along for the ride with wigs and howls galore.
Other big names in the cast include Helen Mirren and Jeffrey Tambor.
The real Spector is sitting in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, and will not be eligible for parole until he is 88 years old.
Up next for Pacino is a biopic on the late disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. You may remember that Pacino's last big HBO picture was 2010's You Don't Know Jack, about Jack Kevorkian. Mr. Pacino has the market on playing old, crazy, and embattled, it seems.
We're still waiting on a lengthier Spector biopic, though. At one point Tom Cruise was reportedly looking into playing the producer in a film detailing his first years as a pop maestro. Let's at least have a decent documentary about Spector's hit-making days (and maybe include that Ramones session with the guns) before we have another another feature biopic.
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