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Al Pacino to play Phil Spector in HBO movie

HBO Films is set to make a TV movie based on record producer-turned conficted killer Phil Spector who is currently serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life. Al Pacino will star as Spector.

David Mamet will write and direct the film, which HBO cautioned is in the very early stages of development (it’s still untitled). Barry Levinson, who won an Oscar for directing “Rain Man,” will serve as executive producer.

Mr. Spector, 70, was convicted of second-degree murder last year; prosecutors successfully argued that the record producer shot Lana Clarkson, a struggling actress, in the foyer of his mansion in 2003. Mr. Spector’s lawyers as recently as March were still arguing in court for his release.

“He just saw a very interesting character to play, and he likes the sensibility of David and Barry,” said John L. Burnham, an agent at International Creative Management who represents Mr. Pacino, Mr. Mamet and Mr. Levinson.

Source: The New York Times