×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Friedman nabs WB Darin bio

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.”

More Film

  • Robert Iger and Rupert Murdochcredit: Disney

    Wall Street Applauds as Disney Nears Finish Line on Fox Acquisition

    Wall Street is rooting for Disney as the media giant reaches the finish line this week in its 15-month quest to acquire most of Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV empire. Fox shareholders, on the other hand, are being a little more cautious. Disney is poised to close the $71.3 billion deal that took many twists [...]

  • Personal Tales From Hong Kong, China

    Personal Tales From Hong Kong and China Among the Asia Film Financing Forum Projects

    A brace of personal tales from China and Hong Kong are among the 23 projects vying for attention at the 17th Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum. Liu Miaomiao is a rare female ethnic Hui Muslim filmmaker. She came to international prominence with 1993’s “Chatterbox” that won the President of the Italian Senate’s Gold Medal [...]

  • Josie Ho Makes 2019 the Year

    Josie Ho Makes 2019 the Year She Takes Risks in Her Film Choices

    Josie Ho vows to master the art of calculated risk in the year 2019. As an actress and film producer, she is conscious of the choices of projects she makes: appearing in the new film by Japanese hotshot director Shinichiro Ueda, producing a new documentary feature while developing some 10 titles in the pipeline of [...]

  • FilMart: Big Data, Content Key to

    FilMart: Big Data, Content Key to iQIYI's Online Ambitions

    Tech and data play a huge role for iQIYI, China’s second-largest streaming platform, as a way to innovate and step out ahead of its competitors, iQIYI founder and CEO Yu Gong explained in a keynote speech Monday at FilMart. “We don’t see a lot of innovation-driven entertainment companies yet. We want to be the one,” [...]

  • Ted Sarandos and Thierry Fremaux'Okja' photocall,

    Despite Ongoing Peace Talks, Netflix Won't Have Any Movies at Cannes 2019 (EXCLUSIVE)

    Although Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival continue quietly to negotiate a potential settlement to their differences, the streaming giant will be absent from the Croisette again this year with no film in or out of competition, Variety has learned. The ongoing talks between the two sides have been friendly, including a dinner in Los [...]

  • Series Mania Showcases Shlomi Elkabetz-Produced Series

    Series Mania to Showcase Shlomi Elkabetz-Produced Series 'The Dreamers'

    “The Dreamers,” one of the series to be presented at Series Mania’s Co-Pro Pitching Sessions, is a 10-part crime comedy produced by prominent Israeli filmmaker Shlomi Elkabetz (“Gett”) and Galit Cachlon at Deux Beaux Garcons Films. Produced for Israeli cable TV operator HOT, the series will be directed by Maysaloun Hamoud, a young Hungarian-born Palestinian [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content