Deal could mean dueling Darins at the box office

It could be Darin vs. Darin at the box office, following Warner Bros.’ announcement that it has sold all rights to “Dream Lovers,” a biopic of entertainer Bobby Darin and actress Sandra Dee, to producer Arthur Friedman.

Last month (Daily Variety, March 3), Dick Clark Prods. inked a deal with the late actor/singer’s son, Dodd Darin, for a Bobby Darin feature or telepic.

Darin, though, is the author of the 1994 book “Dream Lovers: the Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee,” upon which Friedman will base his movie. In addition, Friedman, via WB, claims “exclusive” rights to use certain Darin songs in his pic.

“Dream Lovers” has been set up at WB for almost 13 years, with Barry Levinson directing at one point. Levinson is no longer attached.

Friedman will produce “Dream” with Robert Rehme and Esparza/Katz Prods.’ Moctesuma Esparza and Bob Katz. The pic will follow Darin from age 20 to 37 (when he died), and Dee between the ages of 17 and 29. Darin is best known for songs “Mack the Knife,” “Dream Lover” and “Beyond the Sea.”

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