Al Pacino to play Phil Spector in new biopic

Godfather star apparently saw 'a very interesting character' in music producer currently serving life sentence for murder

Al Pacino will reportedly take on the role of Phil Spector in a film about the music producer's life. According to the New York Times HBO Films plans to capture Spector's life in an as yet untitled movie, with Rain Man director Barry Levinson and writer David Mamet at the helm.

Spector was behind some of the biggest pop songs of the 1960s, notably the Ronettes' Be My Baby and the Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. However, the producer, now aged 70, was found guilty in 2009 of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, for which he is serving a sentence of 19 years to life.

Clarkson was shot and killed at Spector's Los Angeles mansion in 2003. The producer was charged with her murder but a mistrial followed before he was eventually found guilty and sentenced last year. During
the 2009 trial, Spector racked up column inches for his outlandish choice of wigs and propensity for offering controversial soundbites, allegedly telling one reporter "she (Clarkson) kissed the gun".

Read the full story here on the Guardian.

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