Jeremy Renner Developing Steve McQueen Bio-Pic

Jeremy Renner is quite the busy boy. Not only is currently shooting The Avengers, but has an appearance in the next Mission: Impossible film already in the can and has recently signed up for The Bourne Legacy.

In-between all this, he has just started his own production company, and has started development on its first project – a bio-pic of acting legend Steve McQueen.

The proposed film will be based on the two biographies of McQueen written by Marshall Terrill-Portrait of an American Rebel and The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon. James Gray, writer/director of The Yards, is adapting the two books into a screenplay, but is not set to direct the film. Instead, music video and commercials director Ivan Zacharias has been tapped to direct what will be his feature film debut.

Coming out of the New York stage and live television scene of the 1950s, McQueen had his first starring role in the classic 1957 science-fiction film The Blob. His performances in such films as The Great Escape, Bullitt and others made him an icon of cool.

Now I’ll have to admit that I have not yet read either of Terrill’s books on McQueen, but tales of McQueen’s wild personal life are fairly legendary. I have talked to enough people who met him while he was in Phonexville, PA filming The Blob to know that while those stories are very probably true, he was also a pretty nice and good man. It seems to me that McQueen’s wild side is an outgrowth of a certain joie de vie that the actor had. Hopefully, the film will be able to capture that.

Cross-posted from FilmBuffOnline.

FilmBuffRich on April 30th, 2011 | File Under News | No Comments -

The First Blob Fest Guests Announced!

We’re just over three months away from this year’s BlobFest (July 8-10. You’ve marked your calendar, yes?)  and the Colonial Theatre has announced the first couple of the weekend’s guests through their Facebook page.

Of course, it just wouldn’t be Blob Fest without the return of the gangs from Ghoul-A-Go-Go and Patient Creatures. But the Colonial has announced to names new to the BlobFest festivities.

The first is rockabilly band, The Buzzards. Coming to you from Long Island, the band will be playing Saturday during the Street Fair in front of the theater. I’ve some friends who are rockabilly fans and I’ve heard nothing but good things about these guys, so I have to say that I’m stoked for this.

And if the music gets you in the 50s rocker mood, you can get yourself a nice retro haircut from John Scioli, owner of John’s Old School New Skool Barber Shop! John will be on hand to give you that buzz cut or sculpt your hair into the pompadour that you’ve always secretly wanted.

More details as they are announced!

FilmBuffRich on April 29th, 2011 | File Under BlobFest | No Comments -