HBO’s upcoming film “Phil Spector” has taken a different tack from all the other recent movies that have been based on true stories.
That’s because the film, which takes place during the trial of record producer Phil Spector for the 1993 shooting death of Lana Clarkson, insists in its opening credits that it is not based on a true story.
“This is a work of fiction,” reads a card at the beginning of the film, which was written and directed by David Mamet. “It’s not ‘based on a true story.’”
This, even though Spector and Clarkson are characters in the film, in which music-producer Spector is accused of the murder of...