Craig Brewer to Direct ‘The Idolmaker’ for MGM, Justin Timberlake (EXCLUSIVE)

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Craig Brewer is in talks to direct MGM’s reboot of “The Idolmaker” with Justin Timberlake, Hawk Koch and Gene Kirkwood producing.

The original film, released in 1980, starred Ray Sharkey as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. The story was based on the life of the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

Marucci served as a technical advisor and Taylor Hackford directed “The Idolmaker,” which was the feature film debut for Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano, and Paul Land.

“The Idolmaker” was one of the MGM library projects that were put into development in 2011 after the storied studio went through a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010. It also began working at that point on reboots of “RoboCop,” which was released through Sony last month, and “Poltergeist,” due to be released next eyar through Fox.

Brewer’s credits include “Hustle and Flow,” “Black Snake Moan” and 2011’s reboot of “Footloose.”

Reports emerged last summer that Timberlake had come on board to produce “The Idolmaker.” He also been attached to produce and star “Spinning Gold,” a biopic about record exec Neil Bogart, for several years.

Koch and Kirkwod were producers on the original. Koch served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2012-13; Kirkwood’s credits include “Rocky.”

Brewer is repped by WME and his attorney is Carlos Goodman.

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  1. ati says:

    It’s awesome

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Not quite. Nothing against the choice of producer(s) or director, but to remake it at all (except the same stars with an update on content allowable by ratings & other restrictions) is a HORRID idea from Square One.

  2. justwaitandsee says:

    year** and this is an awesome reboot, the music industry has become saturated with tailored “idols” and this film, with the genius of Brewer & JT, will be an enthralling experience. Oscar nom, calling it now.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Heck, no! Justin is a heck of a singer (because he never has to play an instrument) & a decent actor in about half his movies (at best). But if they think they can out-do Peter Gallagher in that movie & find a better director than the man that made Jamie into Ray, they’re out of their minds!!

      Why not just reshoot some stuff (grittier, etc. with today’s content-allowances), & re-re;ease the original! No need to keep redoing “Robocop”, & other movies that were classics in their first versions!!

      • n says:

        You said “Because he never has to play an instrument”….Are you sure? How about you do some search and see his concert videos by your own eyes? He plays guitar (Search his AMAs performance 2013) and he plays piano, keyboard, and even can beatbox.

  3. kenmandu says:

    Lame reboot. I hope they let Frankie Avalon star and use his walker.

    • justwaitandsee says:

      First, Justin is an EXTREMELY talented musician. He can play almost every instrument. Second, Craig is a creative genius, perfect for the film, and they will work well together as JT is producing. Third, if you don’t think the music that will come from this film will be legendary, oscar worthy, I suggest you look into the EIGHT GRAMMY’s & more noms JT has received! Lol. Some people man.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        I’m not missing the point, nor are you making one.

        Also, I’m not making any assumptions, simply stating opinions, same as you.

        With the rest of that, you may be trying to ape Confucius, but are simply proving yourself to be confused (or otherwise misinformed).

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        First, there’s probably a mile-long list of instruments Justin himself would admit he’s never touched, so don’t claim you know he can play (even “almost”) every one. Second, you can’t possibly be too sure any two people (neither of whom you’ve met) will work well together. Also, who cares about award nominations?! I used to think that meant something, until I recalled that’s largely dependent on the quality/sort of things that come out during the time-period when things must be released in order to be eligible for an award! (And all of this outside of the fact your thinking comes into question when you put an apostrophe in “Grammys”!)

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      Firstly, beatboxing is nothing special; it;s spitting to a rhythm.

      Second, I’ve seen his performances by my own eyes, & it tells/shows me what I said it does. At least two of the guys in Aerosmith play guitars, but it doesn’t mean every sound made by a guitar during that performance is from one of them. (Half the bands on TV are backed by musicians the hosts never mention!)

      • justwaitandsee says:

        Church you’re missing the point here, don’t know what to tell ya. Keep an open mind. Your assumptions are windows into the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light doesn’t come in.

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