Variety is reporting that Producers Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters have acquired the film rights to to Marshall Terrill’s biography Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel. Variety also reports that the book “also delves into McQueen’s offscreen penchant for motorcycles, fast cars and drugs” and the film”will examine his three marriages, including his stormy relationship with Ali McGraw, as well as his battle against lung cancer.”
No writer has been hired, but Cerenzie and Peters are close to attaching a director.
While I would definitely be intrigued to see a cinematic examination of McQueen’s life, I think the obvious question that needs to be asked is “Who do you get to star in the film?” I can’t think of any actor who remotely looks like McQueen, let alone comes anywhere near having the kind of screen presence McQueen did. The fact there has been no other actor like him is what keeps us fascinated with the actor and his work today, nearly three full decades since his death.
And how in depth will they cover the early part of his career. Granted, I’d love to see them do a small part about his first headlining role in 1958’s The Blob. They could even film it on location in Phoenixville, PA as many of the original locations used in the film are still there.