Originally published on Advocate.com February 19 2004 1:00 AM ET
FilmEngine has optioned the feature film rights to the late gay author James Robert Baker's Fuel-Injected Dreams: A Novel, with The Butterfly Effect writer-directors Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber on board to adapt and direct. Although the book is billed as a novel, it's been reported that it is loosely based on the life of Phil Spector. The legendary record producer--famous for his collaborations with the Beatles, Ike and Tina Turner, and the Ronettes--was charged with murder late last year for allegedly shooting actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, Calif., residence.
The book centers on a hip late-night DJ who grew up on the music of a legendary rock and roll producer. He is then seduced into the producer's nightmarish world of drugs, paranoia, and obsession. Bress and Gruber will adapt the novel for the screen and direct. The project will go out to studios shortly. Another Baker adaptation, Testosterone, premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival and is expected to hit theaters later this year.