Brett Ratner Directs ‘DeLorean’ Biopic
Posted by Brian on 06/09/2009
Brett Ratner is using his deal with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment to set up a John DeLorean biopic he plans to direct, with James Toback writing and Robert Evans producing. Time Inc. Studios and XYZ Films have joined the race to mount biopics of John DeLorean, the innovative car designer who lost everything when he was accused of drug trafficking in an attempt to save his failing car company.
Time Inc. Studios forged a deal with XYZ Films last year to make films fueled by underlying rights from articles culled from Time Inc. magazines. The rights package includes articles from Fortune and Time; the Hillel Levin-penned DeLorean book “Grand Delusions”; and an unpublished memoir written by DeLorean himself. Time/XYZ say they also have the cooperation of the car designer’s longtime friend and business partner Fred Dellis and fromson Zachary DeLorean, executor of the DeLorean estate.
Directors have wanted to make a film about DeLorean for years, but he would never permit a picture without steering it himself. DeLorean’s estate are ready for “a truthful telling of the rise and fall of the entrepreneur, bolstered by 500 pages of the DeLorean-penned memoir.”
“It is almost like an updated ‘Citizen Kane’ story of the great American entrepreneurial hero and how it all went wrong,” said XYZ’s Spicer. After his arrest in 1982, DeLorean said that he was entrapped by the FBI before eventually being acquitted. His company still went bankrupt after producing only 9,000 automobiles, including the DMC-12 model featured in the Back to the Future films.