Say what now? Steve McQueen Biopic in the works?!?
Published at: Jan. 14, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST by quint
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Steve McQueen was a man's man, no two ways about it. Good looks, sure... but he also had raw machismo, pure masculinity incarnate. And on top of all that, he was a great actor. He's not always appreciated for it, but if you go back and watch films like BULLITT and CINCINNATI KID and even his more underseen movies like JUNIOR BONNER you'll see a real actor who knows how to say a lot with very little. He communicated so much with his eyes, truly understanding the visual medium of filmmaking.
Michael Cerenzie, who produced the great BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD and Christine Peters have the rights to a biography of McQueen written by Marshall Terrill and have the full cooperation of McQueen's widow, Barbara Minty and are close to attaching a director according to Variety.
The movie is supposed to cover McQueen's addictions (woman, vehicles and drugs) as well as chronicle his three marriages, including his infamously stealing Ali MacGraw away from Robert Evans.
Now, I think McQueen's life is of course ripe for a biopic, but that question remains... who the hell today can play McQueen, especially in a picture that's going to go from young McQueen to his losing battle with lung cancer in his later years. One of the reasons McQueen is amazing is that he doesn't really have a like today. I suppose Russell Crowe is close, but I don't think Crowe can play young McQueen anymore.
Do you guys have any thoughts?