Biopics are sort of a new trend these days: Lovelace, The Look of Love, Kill Your Darlings, Rush, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Diana... Now an early Hollywood legend is getting the remake of her own life on film, too. The Mae West biopic has found its director.
As Slash Film reports, is going to helm the biography, the director who defined the 1970's with his radical and determining movies The Exorcist and The French Connection. However, if we think of his later erotic thrillers, like Cruising or Jade, it might not be so surprising any more that Friendkin directs the life of the iconic diva, whose life was defined by fighting against the prudishness of the 1930's in roles that were always ready to tackle taboo subjects. is going to star as the provocative actress.
According to Deadline, the film is based on West's autobiography Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It, chronicling her rise to stardom, from her early years as a vaudeville performer and a celebrated Broadway diva till her emergence as one of America's most beloved icons. She made a scandalous entrance to New York with the Broadway show Sex, landing her in prison (for 10 days) because of "corrupting the morals of youth". She only made her way into Hollywood at the age of 39, but eventually became the highest grossing stars of the 1930's. As the site notes, Bette Midler's career went quite a similar path: she was also a Broadway singer (Fiddler On The Roof), before becoming a successful feature film star in Hollywood in her 30's. She ended up earning two Oscar nominations and the nickname the Divine Miss M.
is going to write the story and (Behind the Candelabra) is executive producing for HBO Films.
What do you think? Are you interested in the life of this controversial Hollywood icon?