Pacino + Midler + Mamet = Phil Spector?!?


Famed director’s plans
to make a film about Spector’s murder trial has already stirred up some shit…


By Perez Mills


Here’s one that slipped under the radar last week:
playwright/director David Mamet is planning to make a film about Phil Spector
and Spector’s infamous murder trial(s) that resulted in a 2008 conviction for
the 2003 shooting death of Lana Clarkson. If that prospect isn’t enough of a
teaser, check the proposed starring roles: Al Pacino – no stranger to rocking
an outrageous hairstyle – as Spector, and Bette Midler as Spector’s attorney
Linda Kenney Baden.


Don’t expect a straightforward
courthouse retelling of the death and trial, however, for as Mamet recently
told Britain’s
Financial Times, “I don’t think
[Spector is] guilty. I definitely think there is reasonable doubt. They should
never have sent him away. Whether he did it or not, we’ll never know but if
he’d just been a regular citizen, they never would have indicted him.”


The Mamet interview didn’t
escape the attention of friends of family of the late Clarkson, either: the L A Times reports that the group Friends
of Lana Clarkson issued a statement, “This film may be a valentine for a
convicted murderer and 40-year gun abuser… [the film is] so wrong and so
insensitive in so many ways to the people who knew and loved Lana Clarkson. We
are requesting that Mr. Mamet have the good sense and courtesy to write a
factual and entertaining film concerning the facts. He does not need to rewrite
history so soon. It will back-fire on him.”


That galloping noise you hear?
It’s the sound of attorneys racing down the hallway to start prepping for the
inevitable lawsuits…


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