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    Al Pacino to Play Phil Spector in New Biopic

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    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".

    Al Pacino, also 70, is perhaps best known for roles such as Michael Corleone in the Godfather trilogy and Tony Montana in Scarface. Asked about his attraction to playing Spector, Pacino's agent John L Burnham told the New York Times: "He just saw a very interesting character to play, and he likes the sensibility of David and Barry." Burnham also represents Mamet and Levinson.

    The film is said to be in development stages and no projected release date has been given.


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