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Saturday 20 September 2014

Timberlake's Gold film picked up

Justin Timberlake is set to star in Spinning Gold

Justin Timberlake's new movie Spinning Gold has been snapped up by Sony Worldwide.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has struck a multi-territory deal for Foresight Unlimited's biopic about 1970s record executive Neil Bogart, which Justin will star in.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the initial deal is for Latin America, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe and Sony is expected to acquire rights for more territories soon.

Spinning Gold is a rags to riches tale of a poor boy from Brooklyn who went on to define the music of his generation and was at the helm of the rise of disco.

Neil died at 39 but had already launched the careers of Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, KISS, Donna Summer and the Village People.

Neil's son Timothy Scott Bogart is writing the screenplay and the film is being produced by Mark Damon of Foresight Unlimited, who was a friend of the music legend.

Mark said: "The Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions group are great partners, so we are delighted to be working together again on what is going to be a music extravaganza of a film.

"With the full support of Justin, who will be in Cannes to meet with the international buyers on the first day of the film festival at a special event to launch the film, we feel confident Spinning Gold is hitting all the right notes."

Spinning Gold is due to start shooting next year.

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