Al Pacino, the guy that rappers and frat boys idolize for his role in Scarface and serious actors idolize for everything else, will take on the role of music producer-turned-murderer Phil Spector in a new HBO film, reports the New York Times. The film, still untitled, will be written and directed by Pulitzer-winning writer David Mamet. Barry Levinson, who won an Oscar for directing Rain Man, has signed on as Executive Producer.
Spector, who rose to prominence by developing his signature “Wall Of Sound” in the 1960’s with girl groups like the Ronettes and the Crystals, also produced the Beatles’ Let It Be, Leonard Cohen’s Death of a Ladies Man, the Ramones’ End of the Century and about a kajillion other records and singles. In 2009 he was convicted of murdering B movie actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to prison for 19 years to life.
Most recently, Spector worked on the debut album of his wife, Rachelle Spector, called Out Of My Chelle, which is out now. But hopefully HBO will ignore that part of the story.