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McQueen gets biopic

01.14.2009

While it's probably past due, a biopic focusing on the life of legendary actor Steve McQueen is in the works.

The epitome of old-school Hollywood cool (and a personal idol), McQueen was perhaps as well-known for his wild off-screen proclivities (motorcycles, cars, women, booze, drugs) as his celebrated roles in films like THE GREAT ESCAPE, PAPILLON, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, BULLITT, THE GETAWAY, THE TOWERING INFERNO and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.

The movie will be based on Marshall Terrill's recent book "Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel," and will (obviously) chronicle both his Hollywood career and his notorious behavior. A director is expected to be announced shortly.

Filmmaker McG was recently working with McQueen's son Chad to finally make the actor's legacy project YUCATAN, about a gang of thieves seeking a stash of long-buried Mayan treasure.

(McQueen fans should also track down the documentary STEVE MCQUEEN: THE ESSENCE OF COOL, which was on the special edition DVD of BULLITT.)

Extra Tidbit: Not that anyone could fill his shoes, but who would you possibly pick to play McQueen? (My vote's for Daniel Craig.)
Source: Variety

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8:04AM on 01/19/2009

Did you know?

McQueen was the original John Maclane. The book that 'Die Hard' was based on, 'Nothing Lasts Forever', came out in the late 70's. The script was in the works when McQueen died. Ten years later it was revamped for Bruce Willis. If you can get your hands on a copy of the book by Roderick Thorp - it's quite good. Fans of Die Hard will get a kick out of the similarities, but I warn you, the ending isn't very happy.
This is a tough casting call. I mean Pitt is the obvious choice, but maybe
McQueen was the original John Maclane. The book that 'Die Hard' was based on, 'Nothing Lasts Forever', came out in the late 70's. The script was in the works when McQueen died. Ten years later it was revamped for Bruce Willis. If you can get your hands on a copy of the book by Roderick Thorp - it's quite good. Fans of Die Hard will get a kick out of the similarities, but I warn you, the ending isn't very happy.
This is a tough casting call. I mean Pitt is the obvious choice, but maybe James Franco. I love Daniel Craig, but I'm not sold on the idea...yet.
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7:18PM on 01/15/2009

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Nope, I wrote Brad Pitt "joked" about remaking the remake of The Getaway. It was David Fincher who looked like he thought it was a good idea.
Nope, I wrote Brad Pitt "joked" about remaking the remake of The Getaway. It was David Fincher who looked like he thought it was a good idea.
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12:25PM on 01/15/2009
I can't see Craig playing McQueen. I'm not sure who could...maybe some random unknown who looks like him and happens to act well? They just better not fuck it up, McQueen was the man. He used to live in my town so this film better represent.
I can't see Craig playing McQueen. I'm not sure who could...maybe some random unknown who looks like him and happens to act well? They just better not fuck it up, McQueen was the man. He used to live in my town so this film better represent.
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12:10PM on 01/15/2009
Wait so B Pitt wants to Re-Re-make The Getaway?
I'm fine with the two films that are already out there thanks...

And man I just can't see anyone doing Steve justice? He was the man!!!
Wait so B Pitt wants to Re-Re-make The Getaway?
I'm fine with the two films that are already out there thanks...

And man I just can't see anyone doing Steve justice? He was the man!!!
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10:34AM on 01/15/2009
I'd go with that Kevin Mckidd dude from Journeyman.
I'd go with that Kevin Mckidd dude from Journeyman.
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9:17AM on 01/15/2009

cool

(see title above) and yeah Daniel Craig looks a little like mcqueen, and i think it'd be a cool flick
(see title above) and yeah Daniel Craig looks a little like mcqueen, and i think it'd be a cool flick
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6:33AM on 01/15/2009
I would pick Steve McQueen to play Steve McQueen.

In other words, DON'T.
I would pick Steve McQueen to play Steve McQueen.

In other words, DON'T.
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2:02AM on 01/15/2009
Yeah, Craig's definitely a good call. I mean it'd seem kind fo weird having a Brit play an american icon, but if he's the one for the job then he's the one for the job.

Also long as we're talking about look-alikes anybody else think the guy from that Life on Mars show looks a lot like Paul Newman? I've only seen one episode of the show so I don't know how good of an actor he is, but I think the resemblence is definitely there.
Yeah, Craig's definitely a good call. I mean it'd seem kind fo weird having a Brit play an american icon, but if he's the one for the job then he's the one for the job.

Also long as we're talking about look-alikes anybody else think the guy from that Life on Mars show looks a lot like Paul Newman? I've only seen one episode of the show so I don't know how good of an actor he is, but I think the resemblence is definitely there.
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1:53AM on 01/15/2009
Not opposed to Daniel Craig but I think Brad Pitt would be a better fit. Pitt and Fincher were on Charlie Rose and Pitt made a joke about doing a remake of The Getaway and the look on Fincher's face said he didn't think it was a bad idea. I vote for another Pitt/Fincher reunion.
Not opposed to Daniel Craig but I think Brad Pitt would be a better fit. Pitt and Fincher were on Charlie Rose and Pitt made a joke about doing a remake of The Getaway and the look on Fincher's face said he didn't think it was a bad idea. I vote for another Pitt/Fincher reunion.
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11:39PM on 01/14/2009

DANIEL CRAIG, RIGHT ON!

Damn, Mr. Davis! You read my mind. Daniel Craig would be perfect. Not only because he looks like him but because he has the acting chops to pull it off. This could be a serious Oscar bait, too.
Damn, Mr. Davis! You read my mind. Daniel Craig would be perfect. Not only because he looks like him but because he has the acting chops to pull it off. This could be a serious Oscar bait, too.
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11:24PM on 01/14/2009

how bout...

Damian Lewis...he looks like McQueen doesnt he? maybe? ....nevermind
Damian Lewis...he looks like McQueen doesnt he? maybe? ....nevermind
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11:02PM on 01/14/2009
Hmm, I never thought of Daniel Craig in McQueen's shoes. But now that you put out that point, Craig does resemble McQueen especially his brooding charisma. But aside from Craig, I'd go for Brad Pitt. Wasn't he slated to be in some of McQueen's remake? Was it Bullitt remake?
Hmm, I never thought of Daniel Craig in McQueen's shoes. But now that you put out that point, Craig does resemble McQueen especially his brooding charisma. But aside from Craig, I'd go for Brad Pitt. Wasn't he slated to be in some of McQueen's remake? Was it Bullitt remake?
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10:47PM on 01/14/2009
I'm not sure I like this idea (I don't think any movie could do Mr. McQueen justice) However, I have to agree with Daniel Craig. I thought the exact same thing several weeks ago while I was watching Bullitt.
I'm not sure I like this idea (I don't think any movie could do Mr. McQueen justice) However, I have to agree with Daniel Craig. I thought the exact same thing several weeks ago while I was watching Bullitt.
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10:42PM on 01/14/2009

yea

i actually was gonna post Daniel Craig, seems like a slam dunk to me
i actually was gonna post Daniel Craig, seems like a slam dunk to me
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10:42PM on 01/14/2009
I'm curious if anyone other than Craig has enough of a likeness to even come close (that is, barring his own son). Indeed the man was very much larger than life, and I find actors' bio-pics very rarely succeed to be more than shallow imitations of the people whose lives were so public to begin with.

But honestly, ever since "Layer Cake" came out, folks have been talking about Daniel Craig's at least passing likeness. I know I noticed it before anyone ever pointed it out to me. And with Craig
I'm curious if anyone other than Craig has enough of a likeness to even come close (that is, barring his own son). Indeed the man was very much larger than life, and I find actors' bio-pics very rarely succeed to be more than shallow imitations of the people whose lives were so public to begin with.

But honestly, ever since "Layer Cake" came out, folks have been talking about Daniel Craig's at least passing likeness. I know I noticed it before anyone ever pointed it out to me. And with Craig being a red-hot commodity at the moment, should be easy enough if he agrees.
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