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Bryan Singer in talks to direct Studio 54 pilot

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 28th 2008 5:39PM
Bryan Singer in talks to direct StudioSparkly dresses, disco tunes, platform shoes, Studio 54... it's all about the 1970's in Showtime's new drama, Studio, which centers on the iconic New York nightclub that brought it all home.

Bryan Singer -- undoubtedly one of the busiest guys in Hollywood -- is in talks to direct the pilot, with writer Chad Hodge and Hairspray producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron helming the project.

Studio will begin in the months leading up to the club's April 1977 opening. Though fictional, the series will revolve around the real-life co-founder of the club, the flamboyant Steve Rubell.

"The show is less about the history of Studio 54 than it is about New York in the late '70s, what people were going through, the political and social issues," Hodge said in a Hollywood Reporter story. "Studio 54 is the backdrop for exploring that."

Hodge has his own reasons for doing the show. For one thing, he was born the year the club opened. Also, his family has a history with the studio. "When I was about 15, my uncle told me the story of the night he took my grandparents there, complete with all the unnecessary and inappropriate details," he said. "I was hooked and never again could I look at my grandparents the same way."

There will be plenty of 70s tunes in the show, not to mention the rampant sex and drug use prevalent during that decade. Sounds fun! I imagine that the popularity of era-driven shows like Mad Men and Swingtown are causing the powers that be to look at similar ideas.

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