Oren Moverman and Ben Stiller Developing David O. Selznick Biopic at HBO; Stiller May Star

     October 4, 2011


David O. Selznick was one of the great superproducers of the studio era.  He was responsible for some of Hollywood’s biggest hits in the 1930s, peaking at the end of the decade with back-to-back Best Picture wins for Gone with the Wind and Rebecca.  With a life and career as grand as the movies he produced, Selznick is due for a biopic.  Enter Ben Stiller and writer/director Oren Moverman (The Messenger).  Show Tracker hears Moverman is developing a film about based on Selznick’s life at HBO.  At the current stage, Moverman has rewritten the first draft of the script by Donald Marguiles.  Stiller is on board as executive producer, and has reportedly met with Moverman and the network multiple times with keen interest to play the movie mogul.

HBO declined to comment, so it’s unclear how far along the project is, or if Moverman has any intention to direct.  I’m already sold, though.  I romanticize few eras moreso than Old Hollywood, a period which looks especially ravishing on screen.  And I’d like to see Stiller try his hand at a role like this.  I hope they push this one through as soon as Stiller has a hole in his schedule.