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Ryan Gosling attached to Busby Berkeley biopic

Posted: 20 Mar 2014 11:00 PM PDT

The American star will produce a film on the life of the legendary director and choreographer credited with inventing the modern musical film during Hollywood's golden age.

On the heels of How to Catch a Monster, due for release this fall, Ryan Gosling could be gearing up to direct his second feature.

At the very least, Gosling will produce this biopic, which will depict the fabulous career and troubled personal life of Busby Berkeley. He may also direct or star in the biopic, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Born into an artistic Los Angeles family in 1895, Berkeley rose to fame in the 1930s through his elaborate choreographies staged for Broadway musicals. After Warner Bros convinced him to bring his talents to the silver screen, he became known for his signature directing style, characterized by long traveling shots and bird's-eye shots of dance troupes forming elaborate geometric patterns.

The life of the choreographer and director, a known perfectionist, has all the makings of a compelling biopic. Berkeley was married six times and was an alcoholic, and his addiction led to the downfall of his career. After causing the death of two people in a car accident, the choreographer was accused of second-degree murder before ultimately being acquitted.

The biopic will be based on the book Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley by Jeffrey Spivak, which Warner Bros has just optioned. Gosling is attached to produce the adaptation alongside Drive producer Marc Platt. The project does not yet have a screenwriter. – AFP Relaxnews

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