Florian Gallenberger Will Rewrite and Direct MILLI VANILLI Biography Movie
Published: February 12, 2011 - 9:21am
This will be the first American film for Gallenberger, who has received an Academy Award for his short film work and several German Film Awards for his film John Rabe which featured actor Steve Buscemi. Production team, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, brought the project out of Universal where the project was being developed by Catch Me If You Can writer Jeff Nathanson and cooperation was secured from Milli Vanilli themselves: Fabrice Morvan and the estate of Rob Pilatus, who died in 1998. Nathanson will also stay on to produce.
The true story about the faux musical group is not without its drama. Starting as dancers and models, the duo was brought in by music producer Frank Farian to front a music group for which he had everything but a unique look. Recording songs like Blame It On The Rain the group rose to popularity and even won a Grammy. After rumors surfaced that the group were in fact lip-synching and a fateful concert in which the vocals began to skip, the duo dropped the guise. What followed was a barrage of litigation, a rescinding of the Grammy, and a dropping from their record label. Rob and Fab were devastated. Pilatus became addicted to drugs and, before a planned reunion album could be recorded, died from an overdose.
As of now, the producers are pitching the idea to financiers and Gallenberger is immediately beginning work on the script.