Lou Pearlman, the controversial multi-platinum-selling mogul behind the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and O-Town, is getting a biopic with “Transcon” which is being produced by Edward Pressman, former Village Roadshow CEO Greg Basser, fashion marketing guru David Anton, and hitmakers Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson.
The producers have optioned Bryan Burrough’s Vanity Fair story “Mad About the Boys” and Tyler Gray’s nonfiction book “The Hit Charade” to serve as the basis of the true-crime tale of glory and greed.
Pearlman reportedly swindled investors out of more than $500 million and died in 2016 at age 62 while serving a 25-year sentence in federal prison for conspiracy, money laundering and making false statements. Pressman says: “[he] indisputably changed the course of popular music [before] unravelling in an unprecedented manner.”
Child and Carlsson, who wrote the songs “I Want It That Way” and “Bye, Bye, Bye” will write new music as well as integrate songs associated with Pearlman’s artists for the film’s soundtrack.