Scribes Arlene Sarner and Jerry Leichtling (“Blue Sky”) have been enlisted to write “The Neil Bogart Story” for Paramount Pictures. Their fee will be mid-six-figures.
KISS founder Gene Simmons is on board to produce along with Bogart’s widow, Joyce Bogart Trabulus. Son Tim Bogart will exec produce.
Story centers on the colorful founder of Casablanca Records & FilmWorks. He is credited with popularizing “bubblegum music” and discovering KISS, Donna Summer and the Village People.
Bogart also branched into film, exec producing “Thank God It’s Friday.” As a company, Casablanca produced “Midnight Express” and “Foxes.”
Best known for writing “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Blue Sky” (which garnered Jessica Lange a lead actress Oscar), Sarner and Leichtling also penned “Piece of My Heart,” the Janis Joplin story, for Lakeshore/Paramount Pictures. The writers worked for the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and as music biz execs.
Scribes are repped by David Saunders and Jewerl Ross at APA, manager Todd Smith of Atlas and attorney Mark Temple.
Melanie Cook of Bloom, Hergott Diemer & Cook negotiated on behalf of the producers.