A biopic is in the works based on pop music star Tommy James’ autobiography “Me, the Mob and the Music”. James was the leader of Tommy James and the Shondells and it is estimated he has sold over 100 million records.
Barbara DeFina (“Casino,” “Goodfellas”) produces the film which hails from three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall who directs from a screenplay by Matthew Stone (“Intolerable Cruelty”).
The 2011 book centers on James’ years at Roulette Records and his complex and sometimes terrifying relationship with mobster Morris Levy.
Tommy James and the Shondells recorded smash hits that often got covered by others including “Hanky Panky,” “Sweet Cherry Wine,” “Crimson and Clover, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Mony Mony” and more.