Ryan Gosling May Play Legendary Choreographer Busby Berkeley In New Biopic

By Nick Venable 2014-03-19 22:26:16discussion comments
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When it comes to pioneers in cinematic choreography, I wonít sit here and lie about how well versed I am on the subject, but Iím familiar with the man who was arguably the most visually interesting of them all: Busy Berkeley. We may all get to know him a little bit better (or at least Hollywoodís version of him), as Warner Bros. is giving him the biopic treatment, and the aim is to make the flick a starring vehicle for Ryan Gosling. But thatís not all.

The film will be adapted from Jeffrey Spivakís 2010 biography Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley, and Gosling will be producing alongside his Drive co-producer Marc Platt. Platt is no stranger to films that revolve around musical numbers, as he was one of the minds behind Rob Marshallís Nine and is part of the development committee that is bringing Marshallís Into the Woods and the Wicked adaptation to theaters.

The big question here, as THR reports, is whether or not Gosling will take this project as his next directorial effort. Heís currently in post-production on his debut, the dark fantasy thriller How to Catch a Monster, which he also wrote. (Incidentally, Platt is producing that as well.) So really, we canít even be sure yet whether Gosling taking the reins would be a good thing or not. There isnít a screenwriter attached yet, so there will be quite a bit of time for him to make that decision.

For now we can just picture him as Berkeley, who was born into a family of stage performers. His early dance saw him becoming a director for Broadway, soon moving onto choreography jobs - a position in which he created some visually remarkable sequences. Berkeley made a name for himself by introducing choreography concepts that are quite commonplace now, such as overhead shots of dancers performing in geometric or kaleidoscopic patterns. He eventually went on to more straightforward directing jobs, but itís his work on such films as Bright Lights and The Gangís All Here that people will always remember him for.

Below you can watch two particularly grand numbers of Berkeleyís. The first is 1931ís Dance Until the Dawn, followed by a section of 1933ís Footlight Parade.

Stay tuned to see where this project is gosling, er, going.
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