Al Pacino to Play Phil Spector in Mamet HBO Film

The Oscar-winning actor's “You Don't Know Jack” director Barry Levinson will executive produce the untitled project

Oscar winner Al Pacino will play Phil Spector in an untitled HBO movie about the controversial record producer, reports the New York Times.

David Mamet will write and direct the project for HBO Films, while Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson will exec produce.

Levinson just directed Pacino in the HBO movie "You Don't Know Jack," in which the actor played Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

The 70-year-old Spector is currently serving a prison sentence of 19 years to life for the second-degree murder of Lana Clarkson.

Pacino is also 70, and the news comes two days before John Lennon would've turned 70. Spector is famous for producing some of Lennon's music, including mixing the unfinished tapes for the Beatles' final album, "Let It Be."

Pacino-as-Spector is intriguing casting for sure, and it's nice to see the actor realign his priorities and sign on for quality films (even if they're TV movies) rather than B-movie schlock like "88 Minutes" and "Righteous Kill."

The project is still in the very early stages of development, but the thought of Pacino in an afro wig has me setting my DVR a couple years early.

ICM represents Pacino, Mamet and Levinson.

  • Gpspector

    From a recent comment left on Rachelle's (my father’s wife),
    webpage, she is not pleased with anything regarding this biopic. I know Mr.
    Mamet has not spoken to anyone close to Lana Clarkson, nor has he spoken to
    either of my brothers (whom were in the courtroom during both trials), and still
    has yet to reply to my emails. So, with no research being done, how can he make
    an honest biopic about my father or the trial (which he admitted to not even
    following). The only person being portrayed in this biopic
    that has no contact info for me to send an email to is Linda Kenny Baden. I
    would like to know why he even has an interest in this lawyer and my father and
    why are they filming in or near a strip club in NY? I see no redeeming value
    from this project.