Al Pacino to play Phil Spector

Al Pacino recently entertained us with an inside look into the freaky mind of Dr. Jack Kevorkian in HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack (Hey, that’s us!). If you think the days of Pacino playing deluded and secluded are over, you’re wrong. Dead wrong.

Next up on his list of real-life’s zany characters is the sound wave wizard Phil Spector. Nice move HBO, but are we to expect the same rehash of old people done gone crazy?

We don’t believe so. First of all, the movie is written and directed by David Mamet. Mamet is notoriously known for creating scenic ventures that stick to your bones, both onscreen and onstage. This isn’t Pacino’s first bout with Mamet either – they collaborated in 1983 for a Broadway performance of American Buffalo, one of Mamet’s finest works.

So the adventure of a sonic engineer going off the deep end may not be such an overwhelming task after all. Spector has been in the music scene since the late 50’s working with artists such as Ike and Tina Turner, The Righteous BrothersThe Ramones, Blondie, and of course, [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm].

Spector was in-demand during the peak of 60’s rock, creating epic walls of sound that erupted from speakers like fiery waves of discord. Most fans agree this technique changed the way producers approached rock-n-roll, but whether or not it was for the better is still debated.

Throughout the years, Spector kept tabs on the music scene, coming out of hibernation to help out here and there. In 2003, he was charged with murder in the second degree as the shooting death of Anna Clarkson hit the news. On April 13, 2009 he was convicted and given 19 years to life.

Which stories will make the movie? What will  be revealed, if anything? Will Pacino rub elbows with The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Ronettes? Only time will tell… and a subscription to the movie channels….

Also, do you think this clip from I Dream of Jeannie will make the final cut?

[Sampled from MusicNews, then layered over itself]

  1. moviegeek says:

    What a great movie!!
    Al Pacino at his best just disappears behind the character! This is one of his best performances EVER! Truly deserved award!
    Obviously , it’s a tough watch, but it’s a brave film about a story and a subject that needs to be spoken about.
    It’s a pity that they decided not to do it for the big Screen though. It makes you wonder whether the US is actually ready to talk about the issue of euthanasia.
    check out my review here

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