Bat shit crazy Phil Spector is coming to life on the big screen courtesy of Al Pacino, whose gift for crazy has not gone unnoticed. Screenwriting legend David Mamet is writing and directing the as yet untitled HBO Films biopic. Mamet has been somewhat less impressive in recent years, though I admit to missing 2008’s martial arts drama, “Redbelt.” On a positive note, Mamet worked with Pacino in 1992 on the excellent ensemble drama, “Glengarry Glen Ross.”
Record producer and big-haired convicted murderer Phil Spector was famous for his work with the Ramones, The Beatles, John Lennon and The Righteous Brothers — whose Spector-produced hits “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” and “Unchained Melody” just keep hanging on.
One night in LA, back in 2003, Spector brought actress Lana Clarkson home with him to his giant castle and ended up shooting her in the mouth. His first trial ended in mistrial with a hung jury, but he was finally found guilty in a second trial and sentenced to 19 years, in 2009.