The scandal-plagued life of late Backstreet Boys/*NSYNC manager Lou Pearlman will be heading to the screen.
The Hollywood Reporter is revealing that plans are in the works for a biopic about the boy band impresario who spent his final years behind bars after receiving a 25-year sentence for conspiracy, money laundering, and other charges.
According to THR, Pearlman’s story will be told in “Transcon”, to be produced by Edward Pressman (“Wall Street”), former Village Roadshow CEO Greg Basser, fashion marketing guru David Anton and songwriters Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson, who wrote numerous hits for Pearlman’s groups in the 1990s. In addition, the duo will also write new music for the “Transcon” soundtrack.
The film will be based on “Mad About the Boys”, an expose on Pearlman that ran in Vanity Fair, and Tyler Gray’s book The Hit Charade.
Following his 1990s success managing Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, O-Town, LFO, among other groups, Pearlman was accused of running one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, swindling investors out of an estimated $300 million.
In 2008, Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in prison; he died in federal custody in 2016 at age 62.
Earlier this year, the saga was examined in the YouTube documentary “The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story”.