Dick Clark Prods. is hoping to make a splish-splash with a biopic on Bobby Darin after inking a deal with the late singer’s son, Dodd Darin.
It’s still undetermined whether the project will wind up as feature or a telefilm, according to Neil Stearns, senior veep of film for DCP.
Helmer Barry Levinson has also had a Darin biopic in development for the past two years, but Dodd Darin’s deal with DCP raises questions about the status of that biopic. A rep for Levinson said the project is still alive, but on the back burner for the time being, given Levinson’s other commitments. Dodd Darin could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Bobby Darin, who died at age 37 in 1973, was known for such R&B-flavored hits as “Splish Splash,” “Mack the Knife,” “Dream Lover” and “Beyond the Sea.” He eventually branched out into acting, earning a supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role as a guilt-ridden WWII hero in 1963’s “Captain Newman, M.D.”
In the 1960s, the Bronx-born singer had a rocky, seven-year marriage to actress Sandra Dee, recounted in Dodd Darin’s 1994 book “Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee.” Bobby Darin’s longtime manager Steve Blauner will also serve as a producer on the DCP pic.
Other feature projects in the works at DCP include “The Tenth Justice,” a legal thriller set up at Fox 2000. A pic revolving around Clark’s “American Bandstand” years is set up with Jersey Films at Universal.