Spike Lee is currently being courted to direct the film project Spinning Gold, a biopic of Neil Bogart, the founder of Casablanca Records. Neil grew up in the Glenwood Houses, in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn is credited with being a key player in the rise of bubblegum pop music during his time working at Cameo-Parkway and Buddha and is also credited with discovering and launching the careers of superstars, including Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, KISS, Parliament, Donna Summer and The Village People.
Justine Timberlake will play Bogart in the film, which was written by Bogart’s son Timothy Scott Bogart, and who is also co-producing the film with Timberlake, Laurence Mark, Gary Randall, and Mark Damon.
The Foresight Unlimited project Spinning Gold was announced during the Cannes Film Festival in May, with Timberlake there to pitch the film to foreign distributors.
It looks like Foresight Unlimited, wining and dinning of Lee comes on the heels of the American Film Market, in-which they intend to seal the deal with foreign distributors.
Lee is next in theaters Nov. 27 with the thriller Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen.