Looks like the success of Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike didn’t go unrecognized by Hollywood. The Channing Tatum-starring stripper drama was shot for only about $7 million and ended up pulling in over $167 million worldwide. There’s a sequel coming soon, but it looks like Tatum won’t be the only one grinding it out on stage.
Variety reports that Ben Stiller is in talks to star in I Am Chippendales, a drama from “True Blood” creator Alan Ball which follows the rise of how Chippendales became one of the biggest names in adult entertainment. If you don’t know what Chippendales is, you may remember this classic SNL sketch starring the late Chris Farley and the late Patrick Swayze:
While Magic Mike followed Tatum’s character’s dreams of making tables out of driftwood, this story sounds like it actually has some pretty serious stakes to it. Based on true events, Stiller would play Nick DeNoia, a choreographer who partnered with the eccentric Somen “Steve” Banerjee to create the concept for the dance club and helped skyrocket them to international fame. But Banerjee eventually succumbed to drugs in the 80s, and went as far as to hire a hitman to kill DeNoia before he pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering, and murder for hire and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994.
I don’t know much about the real guys involved with this story, so I’m not sure if DeNoia was as flamboyant as Stiller’s male model character Derek Zoolander, but the actor has proven that he has surprising range and can handle just about any role that comes his way. Alan Ball’s involvement as a writer and director makes it seem like this is going to be a pretty salacious story, and it’ll be interesting to see who gets cast as Banerjee in this project, which seems like a much more wild character.
But what’s with that title? Sounds like the classic Vinnie Chase line from the early seasons of “Entourage”: “I am Queen’s Boulevard!” I’m guessing this title will change by the time this one hits theaters.
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