Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to Jeffrey Spivak's book, Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley, and they are looking to bring it to the big screen. The studio is looking at Ryan Gosling to produce the film and potentially both star in and direct it as well.
The project is still in the early process of development, but if Gosling stars in the film he will play Berkeley, who was a famous director and choreographer of musicals from Hollywood’s golden age. Gosling is a hell of a talented guy, and this would be an interesting project for him to take on. I'd like to see him do it, but we'll see how it plays out. Gosling is currently working on his first directorial debut with How to Catch a Monster.
The book was published in 2010, and this is the official description:
Characterized by grandiose song-and-dance numbers featuring ornate geometric patterns and mimicked in many modern films, Busby Berkeley’s unique artistry is as recognizable and striking as ever. From his years on Broadway to the director’s chair, Berkeley is notorious for his inventiveness and signature style. Through sensational films like "42nd Street" (1933), "Gold Diggers of 1933" (1933), "Footlight Parade" (1933), and "Dames" (1934), Berkeley sought to distract audiences from the troubles of the Great Depression. Although his bold technique is familiar to millions of moviegoers, Berkeley’s life remains a mystery.
"Buzz" is a telling portrait of the filmmaker who revolutionized the musical and changed the world of choreography. Berkeley pioneered many conventions still in use today, including the famous “parade of faces” technique, which lends an identity to each anonymous performer in a close-up. Carefully arranging dancers in complex and beautiful formations, Berkeley captured perspectives never seen before.
Jeffrey Spivak’s meticulous research magnifies the career and personal life of this beloved filmmaker. Employing personal letters, interviews, studio memoranda, and Berkeley’s private memoirs, Spivak unveils the colorful life of one of cinema’s greatest artists.
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