The rumors are everywhere now. Who knows, maybe this project will be aborted before starting but in the meantime....
Ryan is attached to be a producer for this biopic on Busby Berkeley. As I've said in the previous post, Warner Bros has optioned the book by Jeffrey Spivak - Buzz: The life and art of BB - and it seems quite sure Ryan will be producing the movie with Marc Platt, tha produced also Drive and How to Catch a Monster with Ryan and Legally Blonde. But Platt is also famous for producing greatmusicals like Wicked and for working on Disney's adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the woods (out in December).
I'm not a fan of the musicals and Busby Berkeley was famous in the 30s and 40s. Yes, Ryan opens my eyes on new stuff. This is it! Thanks Ryan.
Empire Online writes Ryan and his collaborators are about to start meeting writers. Yes, writers. Spivak wrote the book but the book must be adapted for the big screen. James Sallis wrote Drive but the screenplay was by Hossein Amini. Often it happens the author of the book writes or help writing the screenplay (like Nicholas Sparks does).
The New York Post suggests 10 movies Ryan should watch small clips from Gold Diggers like Pettin' in the Park and Remember My forgotten Man orThe Lady in The Tutti-frutti Hat (that is Carmen Miranda, who appeared in Gangster Squad, do you remember her? well that woman wasn't Carmen of course). These are the most outrageous works he did. Other Berkeley's famous work is 42nd Street.And I'm planning to watch them.
But Berkeley was first a man and maybe Ryan is more interested in this.
He had 3 trials for vehicular manslaughter. After two hung juries, Berkeley (witnessed said he smelled of alcohol) was acquitted at his third trial for driving head-on into another car, killing two people, in 1935.
He got married six times and was sued by actress Carole Landis after he withdrew his marriage proposal.
We all know Ryan doesn't like to play good guys so... Let's wait and see.