Art Deco in motion, an update on Jeffrey Spivak’s bio of Busby Berkeley

I wrote this post when this fine biography first came out:

Blah blah blah a book by it’s cover…


This book is fascinating, and I happen to love the cover – Mr. Berkeley (who staged and choreographed “Gold Diggers of 1933″) on the set before the earthquake hit (one of the drawbacks of life in LA). To find out what happened you’ll have to read it!

Or perhaps see the movie?

I have to do a huge congratulatory update to Jeffrey Spivak: Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley (Screen Classics): Jeffrey Spivak: 9780813126432: Books.

Who just sold the rights to his FASCINATING book to:

Warner Bros. has optioned “Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley” by Jeffrey Spivak for Gosling to produce with Marc Platt.

Warner Bros. Pictures is giving Busby Berkeley the biopic treatment, with Ryan Gosling circling to play the famous director and choreographer of musicals from Hollywood’s golden age.

The studio has optioned Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley by Jeffrey Spivak for an adaptation to be produced by Marc Platt and Gosling. The two previously worked together on the indie crime movie Drive.

The plan is to develop the project as an acting vehicle for Gosling, who also may direct.

via Ryan Gosling to Produce, Possibly Star in Busby Berkeley Biopic (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter.

Cheers to Jeffrey! And to Mr. Platt and Mr. Gosling for their fine instincts on some very film worthy material.

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  1. March 27, 2014

    Congrats to Jeffrey! I had the great honor of reading and critiquing the early manuscript for the University Press of Kentucky. The book is an excellent volume and for sure the definitive read on the life and career of the great Buzz! I am proud to have been a small part of the process that has culminated with this marvelous outcome!

      • March 28, 2014

        It’s awesome! I’m fine, doll, how’s things with you? Alfalfa is coming along fine thus far–it’s amazing to talk to other Little Rascals who acted with him! And his niece is telling me many wonderful anecdotes about him. I hope to have the first draft ready soon!

      • March 29, 2014

        Fantastic! If you’d like me to feature anything for the Alfalfa book, just let me know!

        I am barreling along toward publication, but it feels more like, “Look, Ma! No hands!”

      • March 29, 2014

        “Look, Ma! No hands!” Ha! Ain’t that the truth sometimes! I can’t wait to read it! Let me know if there is anything I can do, not that you need my help! 😉

        Say, I will be adding a Blog Roll to my Peg site later this week, so I’ll add this one, of course. If you have any favs of a similar nature, let me know! Also, is it okay to promote my Alfie book with this

        I made it myself! I’m getting pretty good at Movie Maker! Oh, I also linked your Buzz pagehere all over facebook, andsent word to Spivak.


  2. March 28, 2014

    Really excited for this. Hope it goes through and turns out good. Oh, and I need to pick up that book now.

    • March 28, 2014

      Yes! Read the book, it was captivating. It may take a while to develop the screenplay and get the financing set, but let’s keep our fingers crossed 🙂 .

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