Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 by Devindra Hardawar
Now this isn’t the follow up to The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 that I was expecting. Variety reports that Tony Scott has signed on to adapt the story of Chippendales founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee, who rose to fame in the 1980s (apparently the heyday of male strip clubs). The film will be written by Lisa Schrager, adapting a manuscript by Rodney Sheldon.
Word is that Scott is aiming for a True Romance-esque vibe with this film, which seems like the sort of treatment that could make the film a bit more fun than a typical biopic. Honestly, considering Banerjee’s claim to fame, a light tone seems more than appropriate (think The Informant!).
The as-of-yet unnamed film will cover Banerjee’s rise and fall—from being just another Indian immigrant operating a Mobil gas station, to owning a high end nightclub that would become Chippendales. The introduction of a professional choreography brought his business great success, but also led to Banerjee becoming competitive and paranoid. He was later arrest for plotting to kill a choreographer after a dispute, and ended up dying in jail awaiting trial.
Scott currently has a pretty full plate, what with another Denzel Washington film (Unstoppable) coming up, along with his LA-based remake of The Warriors, so we probably won’t be seeing this film for some time. I’ll admit to previously being unaware of Banerjee’s story (shocking, I know), but it does sound like a nice change of pace for Scott. I haven’t truly liked anything he’s done since Man on Fire, and perhaps tackling a slightly wacky biopic will reinvigorate the guy.
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