Director Barry Levinson and Al Pacino did some great work together this year on the biopic 'You Don't Know Jack,' in which the actor portrayed assisted-suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian. Now they're reuniting for a slightly similar project for HBO based on the life of music producer Phil Spector. According to The New York Times, Pacino will play the "Wall of Sound" and songwriting legend, who was recently convicted of second-degree murder, while Levinson will this time serve as executive producer.
At the helm on this one is David Mamet, who is also writing the movie and who previously penned a great role for Pacino with 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and a great script for Levinson with 'Wag the Dog.' Presumably, due to the actor's age, the story will primarily concern Spector's trial for the shooting of Lana Clarkson, for which he is now serving a prison sentence. Of course, it's possible that Pacino will only be one of multiple actors portraying the man throughout his life. You know we need another film with Beatles cameos.
If you can't already perfectly imagine what Pacino will look like in the role, Best Week Ever has come up with a great rendering. The actor is said to have signed on not for self-acknowledgment of the resemblance, but for his liking of "the sensibility" of both Levinson and Mamet. This will be his fourth gig associated with the former, who co-wrote the Pacino vehicle '...And Justice for All' and produced 'Donnie Brasco.' They were also expected to re-team for the Philip Roth adaptation 'The Humbling,' which Levinson will direct.
While we wait for this project to move on from the very early pre-production phase it's currently in, you should keep an eye out for the very highly acclaimed new documentary 'The Agony and Ecstacy of Phil Spector,' (trailer below) which recently played in New York and will hopefully be released on DVD soon.