At least three theatrical movies are coming out this year about the disco scene of the ’70s, and E! Entertainment TV is capitalizing on the trend with the two-hour documentary “Studio 54: Sex, Drugs & Disco.”
The docu, to run May 24 at 8 p.m., will be part of the network’s ongoing “E! True Hollywood Story” series of specials. It will focus on the celebrities who turned Studio 54 into the center of New York’s nightlife from its opening in 1977 to its decline and fall two years later. The celebs who became Studio 54 regulars included Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Halston, Calvin Klein, Truman Capote, Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli.
The theatrical movies dealing with this period include Miramax’s “54,” with Mike Myers, Neve Campbell and Salma Hayek; TriStar’s “The Last Days of Disco,” directed by Whit Stillman and starring Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale; and Todd Haynes’ “Velvet Goldmine,” also from Miramax, with Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale.
The E! docu promises “rarely-seen photos, never-before-seen footage, reenactments and exclusive interviews with former Studio 54 employees, club regulars and celebrities like the disco diva Gloria Gaynor, the Village People and Rick James.”
Executive producer is Jeff Shore and producer is Kathryn Beranich. The executive in charge of production is Marta Tracy.