HBO Films Developing Biopic About Gypsy Rose Lee's Mother

HBO Films Developing Biopic About Gypsy Rose Lee's Mother

“Madame Rose” will be directed and executive-produced by Adam Shankman

HBO Films is taking a closer look at Rose Hovick, the mother of burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and actress June Havoc, who was immortalized in the 1962 film, “Gypsy.”

The company is developing the film, with Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “Rock of Ages”) set to direct and executive-produce,  an HBO representative told TheWrap. Tristine Skyler wrote the script.

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The film will focus on the woman who would do anything to get her daughters into show business.

Produced by their company Offspring Entertainment, Shankman will executive produce with Jennifer Gibgot.

What's interesting about the original movie “Gypsy” is that it was based on the book of the 1959 stage musical “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” by Arthur Laurents, which itself was based on “Gypsy: A Memoir” by Lee.

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So, it remains to be seen what fresh take this film will have, and how it plans to illuminate stage mom Hovick's drive and determination to make her daughters famous.

  • Jim


  • Bradley Lincoln

    I'm pretty sure that Bette Midler didn't have anything to do with the 1962 film “Gypsy.” The 1990s TV version, yes, but it was Roz Russell's turn to entertain us first.

    • Sandy

      I was right about to post the same thing. Gay men unite!

  • PNK

    What do YOU MEAN ‘Bette Midler's 1962 Gypsy'?? Geez, what a mess-up.

  • Tony

    I have seen this going around for years now, although it was supposed to be starring sygorney weaver as Gypsy Rose Lee, about Gypsy's life after Burlesque touring with her son.