Tony Scott will direct a film about the rise and fall of Steve Banerjee, the man responsible for creating Chippendales, who was consumed by excess and competition when the male strip clubs became a phenomenon in the 1980s.
With a tone similar to the Scott-directed True Romance, the film will follow the improbable rise and fall of Banerjee, who went from pumping gas in Culver City to running a high-end nightclub that evolved into Chippendales. After hiring a New York choreographer to polish the all-male dance troupe, Banerjee became wildly rich, as well as unreasonably competitive and paranoid.
The script will be written by Lisa Schrager, who wrote the Heidi Fleiss story Pay the Girl for Nicole Kidman at Paramount and Gangsta B*tches at Universal. She will adapt a manuscript written by Rodney Sheldon.