Spike Lee is being courted to direct the Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold and is in early talks to take on the gig.
The Foresight Unlimited project stars Justin Timberlake as the infamous record executive who was closely aligned with the rise of disco. Spinning Gold was announced during the Cannes Film Festival in May, with Timberlake turning up to pitch the film to foreign distributors.
Timothy Scott Bogart, Neil Bogart’s son, wrote the script and is producing alongside Laurence Mark, Gary A. Randall, Timberlake and Mark Damon.
A poor kid from Brooklyn, Bogart went on to define the pop-music culture of his time. In his day, Bogart, who died in 1982 at age 39, was credited with discovering and launching the careers of a generation of superstars, including Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, KISS, Parliament, Donna Summer and The Village People. He was the founder of Casablanca Records.
News of Lee’s involvement comes on the eve of the American Film Market, where Foresight will update foreign buyers on the project’s status. In May, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions struck a deal to distribute Spinning Gold in numerous markets. CAA is representing domestic rights; CAA also reps Lee.
Lee is next in theaters Nov. 27 with the thriller Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen.