Second Steve McQueen biographical film
While everyone raves about a Steve McQueen biographical film that's been announced today, a film to be adapted from the biography by Marshall Terrill called Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel, it seems to have been forgotten that there was another McQueen biographical film announced back in August of 2007.
The producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters have secured the rights to the biography, enlisted the cooperation of his widow Barbara Minty, and are close to getting a director, but it's not the first word of a McQueen biography.
Back in August of 2007 I wrote about Kevin Kasha of New Line Home Entertainment acquiring the rights to a book written by Steve McQueen 's first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel, called My Husband, My Friend: A Memoir (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), however there's been no news since.
It might be that it's fallen by the wayside, but if it still has some life left in it then it better get a move on because Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) looks set to be heading for a big screen adaptation according to Variety.
The film will look at McQueen's Hollywood career from his 1956 appearance in Somebody Up There Likes Me - a good omen although his first appearance was uncredited for Girl on the Run in 1953 - all the way through the greats to The Hunter. It will also look at his three marriages, including his much publicised relationship with Ali MacGraw, and his battle against lung cancer.
Now to me that sounds like a hell of a lot of coverage for a single biographical film, and I do suspect that with the focus being the Hollywood career the rest of his story might slip by the wayside a little.
That's something that I'm actually happy about, I'd rather see some of the man, and more of the career than an expose into his personal life and detracting from what the screen legend and icon has become known for, his fantastic roles and on screen presence.
There's no word of who will star, although his first wife, Barbara McQueen Brunsvold, said that she'd love Daniel Craig to play him, and you know there are a lot of striking similarities.
"I think Daniel would be the best one to play Steve. He's kind of got that swagger, the good looks - if I wasn't married I'd date him."
What do you think? Is that a good choice to play the great legend? Certainly there are a lot of physical similarities and mannerisms, and actually when you look at their screen presence and persona there's a similar intensity too. I think he could carry it off.
Who would you want to play Steve McQueen? What about Ali McGraw?