Lou Pearlman Biopic to Highlight the Con Man Behind NSYNC, Backstreet Boys
According to The Hollywood Reporter, legendary songwriters Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson are currently in the process of developing a brand new biographical film titled Transcon, which chronicles the rise and fall of former ’90s Boy Band manager Lou Pearlman, who was convicted of multiple fraud charges including conspiracy and money laundering.
Transcon will be based on author Tyler Gray’s non-fiction book The Hit Charade and Bryan Burrough’s story titled Mad About the Boys, which was published by Vanity Fair. Child and Carlsson, who are best known for writing many 90s pop hits, are expected to co-create new music as well as integrate songs associated with Pearlman’s artists for the film’s soundtrack. The duo will produce the film alongside Edward Pressman, former Village Roadshow CEO Greg Basser, and fashion marketing guru David Anton.
“Lou Pearlman indisputably changed the course of popular music, and what he envisioned influenced the entertainment business as we know it today,” Pressman said in a statement. “However, while fascinating, Lou’s character was flawed and, having climbed to the top of an industry, he then unraveled in an unprecedented manner.”
Lou Pearlman was the man responsible for creating the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, two of the biggest boy bands during the 90s. He managed them under his label Trans Continental Records, inspired by the success of New Kids on the Block. In 2006, it was discovered that Pearlman had been running one of the largest and longest Ponzi Schemes in history by taking more than $300 million out of investors. He pleaded guilty to the conspiracy, money laundering and making false statements after charges were filed against him. In 2008, Pearlman was convicted and sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment. He died in 2016 from heart failure.
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