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rogifan

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The Weinstein Company interested in Prince biopic

http://deadline.com/2017/...202185031/

EXCLUSIVE: I have learned that Apple has pulled the plug on an Elvis Presley biopic series from The Weinstein Company in light of the controversy that has engulfed TWC since last week’s explosive exposé about its co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

The Elvis project was in very early stages, sources close to the Silicon Valley giant tell Deadline. I hear it had been set up at Apple Music a couple of months ago and predated the establishment of an Apple worldwide video division led by Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. I hear the deal, which now has been terminated, was for an biopic series, but there was an idea to grow that into an anthology franchise with Prince and Michael Jackson eyed as subjects in subsequent installments. I hear that TWC COO David Glasser is re-engaging another network that had bid on the series when it first was taken out.
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Reply #1 posted 10/09/17 5:04pm

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I don't want a biopic on Prince yet. Not until the rest of his catalogue is out and the mystery around his death is solved. Which means we may never get a biopic which is fine with me. Biopics are often too simplistic to really encapsulate a whole life and all its complexities.

rogifan said:

http://deadline.com/2017/...202185031/
EXCLUSIVE: I have learned that Apple has pulled the plug on an Elvis Presley biopic series from The Weinstein Company in light of the controversy that has engulfed TWC since last week’s explosive exposé about its co-founder Harvey Weinstein. The Elvis project was in very early stages, sources close to the Silicon Valley giant tell Deadline. I hear it had been set up at Apple Music a couple of months ago and predated the establishment of an Apple worldwide video division led by Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. I hear the deal, which now has been terminated, was for an biopic series, but there was an idea to grow that into an anthology franchise with Prince and Michael Jackson eyed as subjects in subsequent installments. I hear that TWC COO David Glasser is re-engaging another network that had bid on the series when it first was taken out.

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Reply #2 posted 10/09/17 5:05pm

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I think right at this moment everybody is shrinking away from the name Weinstein until that mess is settled.

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Reply #3 posted 10/09/17 5:16pm

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A franchise beginning with Elvis, with Michael Jackson and Prince as the only listed future subjects? Sounds to me like a series of biopics that I wouldn't want to see happen--yes, I know Prince died from a drug overdose--but couldn't they have found at least a fourth non-drug casualty to mention so we could pretend that this wasn't the primary connection between these three proposed projects.

If we ever get a Prince biopic, I hope for something better than what I suspect we would have gotten from such a series.

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Reply #4 posted 10/09/17 5:32pm

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EddieC said:

A franchise beginning with Elvis, with Michael Jackson and Prince as the only listed future subjects? Sounds to me like a series of biopics that I wouldn't want to see happen--yes, I know Prince died from a drug overdose--but couldn't they have found at least a fourth non-drug casualty to mention so we could pretend that this wasn't the primary connection between these three proposed projects.



If we ever get a Prince biopic, I hope for something better than what I suspect we would have gotten from such a series.


I must admit that wasn’t the first thing I thought of. I read somewhere else Frank Sinatra was another one they are thinking about. To me it seems like the draw is these were incredibly influential and popular artists. I’m still not sure what they would base the Prince biopic on. Unless they were able to get participation and interviews from all the people he worked with it would probably end up being terrible.
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Reply #5 posted 10/09/17 6:04pm

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purplerabbithole said:

I don't want a biopic on Prince yet. Not until the rest of his catalogue is out and the mystery around his death is solved. Which means we may never get a biopic which is fine with me. Biopics are often too simplistic to really encapsulate a whole life and all its complexities.

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http://deadline.com/2017/...202185031/

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I know what you are saying, but a Prince biopic is not for us. It's not for the hardcore fans. It is for people who aren't that famiilar with Prince. I really enjoyed the movie "Ray" and it's probably because I knew very little about Ray Charles.

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Reply #6 posted 10/09/17 7:17pm

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naw, not ready for a biopic...

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Reply #7 posted 10/09/17 7:49pm

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Do you want a bunch of half-ass fair-weather fans hating on him for his flaws (espeically if it is a sensationalistic, brutal depiction) and not realizing the extent of his work? I would much rather see more about his music (live shows before sensationalistic biopics). Ray's life came to its natural fluition and his death isn't a mystery.

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purplerabbithole said:

I don't want a biopic on Prince yet. Not until the rest of his catalogue is out and the mystery around his death is solved. Which means we may never get a biopic which is fine with me. Biopics are often too simplistic to really encapsulate a whole life and all its complexities.

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I know what you are saying, but a Prince biopic is not for us. It's not for the hardcore fans. It is for people who aren't that famiilar with Prince. I really enjoyed the movie "Ray" and it's probably because I knew very little about Ray Charles.

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purplerabbithole said:

I don't want a biopic on Prince yet. Not until the rest of his catalogue is out and the mystery around his death is solved.

How does rich rock star gets prescription drugs either legally or under the table is hardly a "mystery". If law was broken then culprit needs to be identified, OK. But there's no "mystery". I have sleeping problems (huge ones) and I've already managed to get sleeping pills without a prescription, or have had prescriptions made by me by other doctors than mine to store more than the legal dose. And I'm not a rich rock star. It's not so hard.

Which means we may never get a biopic which is fine with me. Biopics are often too simplistic to really encapsulate a whole life and all its complexities.

I agree, I find most of them dull and bland, and certainly am not looking forward to watching on,e about Prince (where they'll get everything wrong anyway).

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Reply #9 posted 10/10/17 1:58am

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Please be careful with the pills, databank.
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Reply #10 posted 10/10/17 2:11am

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morningsong said:

I think right at this moment everybody is shrinking away from the name Weinstein until that mess is settled.

Yep

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NorthC said:

Please be careful with the pills, databank.

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Reply #12 posted 10/10/17 4:32am

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The Weinstein Company? As in Harvey?
Oops... innocent
[Edited 10/10/17 4:33am]
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Reply #13 posted 10/10/17 7:36am

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The Weinstein Company? As in Harvey? Oops... innocent

Not as of yesterday. His own brother had to help give him the boot.

This project seem hokey to me anyway. Is there a formula and they just change out the megastar? Even the label - biopic. Let a talented independent artist make a Prince movie, and hopefully not try to show his entire life at once.

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Reply #14 posted 10/10/17 11:29am

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neversaygoodbye said:

naw, not ready for a biopic...

This.

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Reply #15 posted 10/11/17 1:56pm

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NO PRINCE BIOPICS, GOD DAMMIT mad :mad2:

DOCUMENTARIES ONLY.

There's more than enough misinformation and myth surrounding Prince without adding ACTORS doing PISS POOR portrayals of him to add to the confusion.
Just fun....nothing ethereal.
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Reply #16 posted 10/12/17 4:53am

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The problem is, for it to be truthful the whole film would have to be set in studio recordings.
I can feel the audience yawning from here.

As for the gossippy side, he was too protective of his private life
to have anything remotely interesting to put to film.

We already have a Prince biopic, and it's called "Purple Rain".

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Reply #17 posted 10/12/17 5:09am

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AnnaSantana said:

NO PRINCE BIOPICS, GOD DAMMIT mad :mad2:

DOCUMENTARIES ONLY.

There's more than enough misinformation and myth surrounding Prince without adding ACTORS doing PISS POOR portrayals of him to add to the confusion.

yeahthat And the same goes for all rockstars. I don't need to see an actor doing Jim Morrison of James Brown either.
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Reply #18 posted 10/12/17 5:21am

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When I say mystery, I mean life story stuff but whether or not he was dependent on painkillers for pain and got some bad ones illegally. . In other words,the mysteries are who enabled prince to get the pills, when did he start taking them, did he get any surgery, was he still holding off on hip replacement due to JW convictions, was LG still in his life, did his second wife know about his dependency, how much did his inner staff know about the type of pills they were procuring him, was it his 'best friend' procuring them or someone else?? Why was he alone that night? Why did Judith appear on tv the day after his overdose in L.A. What test results was he waiting for? Those are mysteries that could shed light on what kind of world P was inhabiting at the end of his life. A bio would probably not even broach that stuff in favor of P's earlier life. There are people talking abot writing bios that end at the superbowl??? Really, I hadn't realized he died in 2007.

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purplerabbithole said:

I don't want a biopic on Prince yet. Not until the rest of his catalogue is out and the mystery around his death is solved.

How does rich rock star gets prescription drugs either legally or under the table is hardly a "mystery". If law was broken then culprit needs to be identified, OK. But there's no "mystery". I have sleeping problems (huge ones) and I've already managed to get sleeping pills without a prescription, or have had prescriptions made by me by other doctors than mine to store more than the legal dose. And I'm not a rich rock star. It's not so hard.

Which means we may never get a biopic which is fine with me. Biopics are often too simplistic to really encapsulate a whole life and all its complexities.

I agree, I find most of them dull and bland, and certainly am not looking forward to watching on,e about Prince (where they'll get everything wrong anyway).

[Edited 10/12/17 5:23am]

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Reply #19 posted 10/12/17 7:51am

poppys

Unless the person has passed a generation or so ago, any biopic is just a money grab.

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Reply #20 posted 10/12/17 8:22am

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Yep. The proper time and research is needed before a good bio will be an option. Although I think they need to start collecting info now before the sources die off.

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Unless the person has passed a generation or so ago, any biopic is just a money grab.

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Reply #21 posted 10/12/17 9:10am

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NorthC said:

AnnaSantana said:
NO PRINCE BIOPICS, GOD DAMMIT mad mad DOCUMENTARIES ONLY. There's more than enough misinformation and myth surrounding Prince without adding ACTORS doing PISS POOR portrayals of him to add to the confusion.
yeahthat And the same goes for all rockstars. I don't need to see an actor doing Jim Morrison of James Brown either.


I think Val Kilmer did a pretty good job.
So did Dennis Quaid, and Kurt Russell.

I agree that compacting a lifetime in two hours is impossible without compromises.
Think what you will of the film, but Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" has a very interesting approach,
even if it requires having read Walter Isaacson's bio to fully grasp it.

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Reply #22 posted 10/12/17 10:13am

AnnaSantana

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NorthC said:


AnnaSantana said:
NO PRINCE BIOPICS, GOD DAMMIT mad mad DOCUMENTARIES ONLY. There's more than enough misinformation and myth surrounding Prince without adding ACTORS doing PISS POOR portrayals of him to add to the confusion.

yeahthat And the same goes for all rockstars. I don't need to see an actor doing Jim Morrison of James Brown either.


I think Val Kilmer did a pretty good job.
So did Dennis Quaid, and Kurt Russell.

I agree that compacting a lifetime in two hours is impossible without compromises.
Think what you will of the film, but Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" has a very interesting approach,
even if it requires having read Walter Isaacson's bio to fully grasp it.



I don't care. I don't know who those actors portrayed but Prince is different. Because he was such a private person, myths have swirled around him. A documentary would set the record straight. Using Actual footage of the man, videos, audio, it will require intense research, but he's worth it. A biopic is sloppy and campy. A documentary will Let people see in real time Prince's genius and then he'll finally be taken seriously. A biopic would cheapen his memory.
Just fun....nothing ethereal.
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