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03.24.09 27 Comments

As often happens in Hollywood, two movies about the same subject (in this case, a Steve McQueen biopic) are vying for production (see also: Harvey Milk, Pablo Escobar, Truman Capote).  This time, two of Steve McQueen’s three wives are associated with separate projects.

Marshall Terrill’s biography “Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel” is being developed by producers Michael Cerenzie “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” and Christine Peters “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. They have enlisted the assistance of McQueen’s widow, Barbara Minty. Their project will trace McQueen’s development from reform-school delinquent to the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and cover the “Bullitt” star’s obsession with motorcycles and racing, his drug abuse, his marriages and affairs and his hard-fought battle with cancer, which felled him in 1980 at age 50.

The other project comes from producer and former McQueen publicist David Foster, who is working from a memoir written by McQueen’s first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel, titled “My Husband, My Friend.” Roderick and Bruce Taylor “The Brave One” are adapting. [THR]

I know people are excited about a Steve McQueen biopic because Steve McQueen was such a hardass and all, but Hollywood making a movie about one of their own scares me.  Have you seen the Oscars?  North Korean propaganda has more honesty and circumspection than Hollywood talking about Hollywood.  I wouldn’t be surprise if this was about how Steve McQueen cured sadness and beheaded Xenu with his dick.

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