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[Movies] Ryan Gosling In Talks To Play Bubsy Berkeley In Biopic
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.20.2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros Pictures is developing a biopic about musical director and choreographer Bubsy Berkeley, with Ryan Gosling in talks to star and possibly direct. It will be based on the book The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley by Jeffrey Spivak. It will be produced by Gosling and Marc Platt, who previously worked together on Drive. The project is only in the early stages, with no writer attached. Chantal Nong will oversee for the studio.

Berkeley is known for his choreography and direction for Hollywood film musicals like 1933's 42 Street and Gold Diggers of 1993, two of several movies he worked on for Warner Bros. He was famous for his overhead shots in which chorus girls began shifting kaleidoscopic patterns. He had three Academy Award nominations for best dance direction, a category that no longer exists. Berkeley became a Broadway dance director in the 1920s after a stint in the army during World War I. He worked on films like Eddie Cantor's Whoopee! in 1930. He also directed 1933's She Had to Say Yes and then Gold Diggers of 1935. He continued to work until the early 1950s, going from studio to studio.

He once said: "In an era of breadlines, depression and wars. I tried to help people get away from all the misery...to turn their minds to something else. I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour."

Platt previously produced Broadway's Wicked and is working on Disney's adaptation of the musical Into the Woods, which will be out in December. He also produced Legally Blonde, which became a Broadway musical. Platt also produced Gosling's directorial debut, which Gosling also wrote. It stars Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendrick and Matt Smith.


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