Spike Lee is being courted to direct 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, Bogart’s son, wrote the script and is producing alongside Laurence Mark, Gary A. Randall, Timberlake and Damon.
A poor kid from Brooklyn, Bogart went on to define the pop music culture of his time. In his day, Bogart, who died at the age of 39 in 1982, 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. Bogart was founder of Casablanca Records.
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 on Nov. 27 with the thriller "Oldboy," starring Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen.
This story first appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.