More Past News About the Darin Bio Movie

From January 1998 and Late December 1997

According to the South China Morning Post, January 12, 1998


"Tom Cruise and Drew Barrymore are set to star in the film biography of singer Bobby Darin and his starlet wife, Sandra Dee.
Cruise beat LA Confidential star Kevin Spacey for the role.

Darin, who rose to fame with hits including "Mack the Knife," "Splish-Splash" and "Dream Lover," died at age 37 in 1973 from heart problems."

Thanks, Andy, for this information.


FROM JANUARY 4, 1998

THE MOVIE ... IT'S GETTING HOPEFUL

Dustin Hoffman was on the Today Show January 4, 1998 promoting "Wag the Dog," and when asked what the director Barry Levinson's next picture would be, Hoffman rplied,
"The Bobby Darin Story, with Depp in the lead role, cuz I'm too old for it."

Thanks, Jim Powers, for the above information!

Article from the New York Times, December 30, 1997

DEPP OR CRUISE, LEVINSON IS DARIN TO GO

Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise might want to get themselves into a karaoke bar and start swinging to "Mack the Knife."
Both actors are on the short list to play crooner Bobby Darin.

For several years now, director Barry Levinson has pictured Depp as Darin, but now that James Toback has handed in a searing new script,
studio insiders say Warner Brothers may try to re-team Levinson with "Rain Man" star Cruise.

Toback is staying out of the casting but thinks that the story of the Bronx-born singer, who died at age 37 after scoring hits like
"Dream Lover" and "Beyond the Sea," is made for the movies.

"He was operating under a sense of doom," says Toback. "Because of his heart condition, he was supposed to die before he was 16.
He overheard a doctor say that. He felt he was living on borrowed time. So he pushed things to the limit."

The swinging nightclub star found a soulmate in Sandra Dee, the original Gidget. Wed in 1960, they looked like perfection.
But Toback notes: "Both of them had dark driving forces."

In 1991, Dee revealed that her stepfather sexually molested her from the age of 8 till she was 14.

"She and her parents would sleep in the same bed," says Toback.
"We don't show that, but we refer to it. It had a central effect on her life, and on Bobby's.

"He sang 'Back Street Girl' better than Mick Jagger," syas Toback. "He changed to beads and sandals. But he got lost in the cultural shift.
We have a scene where he gets booed off the stage in Las Vegas during the Vietnam War when he tried to sing 'A Simple Song of Freedom.'
He came back the next year and got a standing ovation."

Before he died in 1973, during heart surgery, Darin made a documentary of his life.
Footage from that film will be woven into Levinson's,
says Toback, whose own "Two Girls and a Guy" is due out in 1998.

Thanks, Vicki, owner of the Johnny Depp Fan Page for this information!

According to the New York Daily News, December 30, 1997

"Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise might want to get themselves into a karaoke bar and start swinging to "Mack the Knife."
Both actors are on the short list to play crooner Bobby Darin.

For several years now, director Barry Levinson has pictured Depp as Darin, but now that James Toback has handed in a searing new script,
studio insiders say Warner Brothers may try to re-team Levinson with "Rain Man" star Cruise.

Drew Barrymore has the inside track to play Sandra Dee, who at 53 has struggled for years with anorexia and drug and alcohol abuse.
Having authorized the couple's son, Dodd Darin, to write a memoir of their marriage, she is also supporting Levinson's film and
hoping to write a bio, titled Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee."

According to a December 24, 1997, article by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News:
"Levinson
, who has been working for years to bring the story of late pop singer Bobby Darin to screen, thinks he's finally close.
He tells this column that writer James Toback has finished the script for the drama - and that he hopes to be making the movie come summer."

Thanks, Andy Stein, for the above information!!

Still more news that was posted in the Bobby Darin Fan Forum in late 1997 by a unknown person.


"These are the supposed facts as told to me by a friend, who's friend was involved in the pre-pre-production:


No wonder this film has not been made.

If it sounds like I'm thrilled that Levinson may not make the film and that the rights can now go to another studio ... YOU'RE RIGHT!! Let Coppola or Scorcese do this story!

That's all I know!"

Thank you, whoever you may be, for your information.

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