Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios is developing a movie, TV series and documentary on Sammy Davis Jr., based on Matt Birkbeck’s biography “Deconstructing Sammy.”
The scripted television series will look at the world of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s from the point of view of Davis Jr.
“I personally knew and worked with Sammy Davis, Jr.,” said Allen, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “Sammy hired me to open for him at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas when I was a 19-year-old standup comedian, and that’s where my fascination with his incredible story began.”
Global distribution of “Deconstructing Sammy” will be handled by Entertainment Studios’ recently acquired motion picture finance-distribution company Freestyle Releasing. Production is set to begin in the second quarter.
Davis came to prominence in the 1950s and became a member of the Rat Pack, which included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. He died in 1990.