There are some great musical talents that are still awaiting the biopic treatment. Yet for every “Ray” or “Walk the Line” there’s an “Ice Ice Baby” waiting in the wings. Now comes something in between.
Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to make a film about Milli Vanilli, the duo that rose to the top of the pop charts and fell just as quickly when they were exposed as frauds.
“Rush Hour 3” and “Catch Me If You Can” scribe Jeff Nathanson will write the script and direct the film, whilst Kathleen Kennedy will produce reports Variety.
Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan were hired by producer Frank Farian to front Milli Vanilli, though Farlon already had songs recorded by three other singers to use for the tracks.
The lie became too big to squeeze out of though as their album won a Grammy and sold around 11 million copies. Nearly three times that amount again of singles were sold including hits like “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You,” “Baby Don’t Forget My Number,” and “Blame It On The Rain.”
The duo refused to promote a follow-up album unless Farian let them sing, instead he blew the whistle. The fallout had grave consequences, including Pilatus’ ultimate death by drug overdose.
The aim according to Nathanson is to portay the boys in a sympathetic light.