Justin Timberlake will portray Neil Bogart, the legendary head of Casablanca Records, in a biopic entitled “Spinning Gold,” Deadline.com reports. The film will mark Timberlake’s debut as a feature producer; the film comes from Boardwalk Films, a division of indie media company Boardwalk Entertainment Group recently launched by Bogart’s sons Timothy and Evan along with TV producer Gary Randall. The three will produce the film with Timberlake, with manager Rick Yorn acting as executive producer.
The film, which was written by Tim Bogart, follows Neil Bogart’s rise from humble beginnings in Brooklyn to his early success as a record executive with Buddha Records and finally to his multiplatinum success with Casablanca, a definitively 1970s label that spawned not only dozens of disco hits via Donna Summer and the Village People but also, at other ends of the era’s musical spectrum, Kiss and Parliament. The label unraveled as the decade ended, and Bogart died of cancer in 1982 at just 39 years old.
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Tim Bogart told Deadline that the film has been “literally three decades in the making,” and was largely held up by the search for the right actor to portray Neil Bogart: “we needed an young actor who can carry this picture,” he said. “When Justin walked into the room, that was the moment I had been waiting for 29 years,” Tim said. “He has the exact same energy as my father, the same glimmer in his eye.”
Production on the film is scheduled to begin before the end of next year, and obviously a soundtrack album is in the works as well.