Busby Berkeley Biopic and Play in the Works; DiCaprio or Jackman to Star?
(Original story by Patricia Gay for The Weston Forum.)
A biopic and stage play about the great American film director and choreographer Busby Berkeley is underway.
The rights to The Busby Berkeley Book, written by Tony Thomas and Jim Terry, have been secured by LionHawk productions, and Pamala Hall, its principal, is writing both a screenplay and stage play about Berkeley's life.
Speaking from her home in Weston, Connecticut, Hall, a fan of the old studio days of Hollywood, said she was very excited about the project. "I felt, as did Busby's friends and my friends, that it was time to remember Busby and all that he brought to us," she said.
Berkeley's works were uplifting to audiences during a time marked by war and financial depression. "I hope seeing Busby and the kind of magic he created will again uplift some hearts, and audiences will enjoy getting lost in the magic of those times again," Hall said.
Berkeley (born Nov. 29, 1895, died March 14, 1976), was a fan of showgirls and elaborate props. A highly influential Hollywood movie director and musical choreographer, his dance numbers were noted for their complex and visually stunning geometric patterns.