Producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters have announced plans to make a biopic about Steve McQueen, the British artist who made a splash last year with his debut movie, Hunger, about the… what’s that? Oh. Sorry.*
Producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters have announced plans to make a biopic about Steve McQueen, the legendary American actor. That actually makes more sense.
It’s actually surprising that it’s taken so long. McQueen, who brought his rebellious man’s man, man about town persona to a number of classic flicks including The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Towering Inferno, The Getaway and, erm, The Blob, was the epitome of cool, and also lived a life packed with incident.
For example, he loved fast cars. He loved to drink. He dabbled in drugs. He was married three times, including a notoriously feisty union with his Getaway co-star Ali McGraw. And, tragically, he died from lung cancer aged just 50.
That’s a lot to get into any movie, and Cerenzie and Peters have chosen to focus on McQueen’s career, rather than his early, pre-fame life. They’ve snapped up the rights to Marshall Terrill’s biography of McQueen, entitled Steve McQueen: Portrait Of An American Rebel, which came out last October. They’ve also secured the co-operation of McQueen’s widow, Barbara Minty, and are searching for a director and a studio, with Paramount likely to come on board.
So, readers, what do you think about this – are you bio’d out, or do you think that McQueen’s story will stand up on the big screen? One thing’s for sure - we don’t envy Cerenzie and Peters the task of finding an actor to play McQueen…
* Yes, it's an obvious gag. Couldn't resist.