Second biopic of star announced
The race is on to bring a Steve McQueen biopic to the bigscreen.Weeks after producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters revealed that they are developing a film on the life of the iconic actor, producer David Foster (“The Mask of Zorro”) unveiled plans that he is spearheading a project based on a memoir penned by McQueen’s first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel. Foster started in Hollywood as McQueen’s publicist before segueing to a successful producing career bringing such films as McQueen’s “The Getaway” to the bigscreen. He is teaming on the biopic, which will be titled “McQueen,” with producer Kevin Kasha, who acquired Toffel’s memoir “My Husband, My Friend” when he was an acquisitions executive at New Line. Dale “Chip” Rosenbloom, the majority owner of the St. Louis Rams, is also producing. Toffel is exec producing. The producers have tapped the father and son writing team of Roderick and Bruce Taylor (“The Brave One”) to adapt. The Taylors will also exec produce. Story will chronicle the relationship between McQueen and Toffel, which began in 1956 when Toffel was a Broadway star and under contract at MGM. The couple were married for more than 15 years and had two children and four grandchildren together. Foster, who most recently produced “The Fog” for Revolution, is producing a remake of “Short Circuit” for Dimension via his David Foster Prods. shingle. He also produced the 1986 original and its sequel.