Marc Platt and Ryan Gosling to Co-Produce Busby Berkeley Biopic, About Oscar-Nominated Choreographer
20 Mar 2014
Warner Bros. has optioned the biopic "Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley," about the life of choreographer, director, performer, producer and production supervisor Busby Berkeley, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The project, based on the biography of the same name by Jeffrey Spivak, would be produced by Ryan Gosling and Marc Platt (If/Then, Pal Joey, Wicked, Three Days Rain, Total Abandon), with Gosling to star and possibly direct. Gosling and Platt previously worked together on the indie crime movie "Drive."
Berkeley, known for films such as "42nd Street," "Gold Diggers of 1935," "For Me and My Gal" and "Romance on the High Seas," was the choreographer of Broadway's The Wild Rose, White Eagle, Present Arms, Earl Carroll's Vanities of 1928, Good Boy, Rainbow, Pleasure Bound, A Night in Venice, Broadway Nights, Nine-fifteen Revue and The International Review, among others. He was the production supervisor of No, No, Nanette.
Berkeley was a three-time Oscar nominee for Best Dance Direction of "Varsity Show," "Gold Diggers of 1937" and "Gold Diggers of 1935."
Chantal Nong will oversee the project for Warner Bros.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.