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

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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