Not happy with having his name or at the start of the title, “Precious” and “The Paperboy” director Lee Daniels is now making his name the only title with word today he’s planning a musical film about his own life.
Daniels, who is also one of the key forces behind the success of TV’s “Empire,” tells Billboard about his plans for the film which hasn’t yet got a title (“Lee Daniels Presents Lee Daniels” perhaps?):
“My publicist will kill me, but I’m in talks about doing a musical film about my life. I’ve had a pretty interesting life. I’ve come from the projects. I’ve been homeless. It’ll have original music and sort of be like Fellini’s ‘8 1/2‘ or ‘All That Jazz’
Daniels’ father was a cop who was killed in the line of duty when he was 16, and the filmmaker has been open about the man’s violent and physical abuse towards him and how he tried to “beat the gay out of me”. Daniels’ first job was as a receptionist in a nursing agency. He quit, started his own agency, and by age 21 had 5000 nurses affiliated with it.
He sold the company and went to work casting actors using his skills from ‘casting’ nurses. He began his career in entertainment as a casting director and manager and ultimately went on to filmmaking.