Disgraced boy band mogul Lou Pearlman is get the biopic treatment, hot on the heels of a new documentary which vilifies the late industry heavyweight as a conman.
Songwriters Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson have joined producers Edward R. Pressman and Greg Basser to reveal all about Pearlman, who managed Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, using Bryan Burrough’s 2007 Vanity Fair article and Tyler Grey’s 2009 book, The Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History as source material.
“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.”
Pearlman, who was also responsible for other popular U.S. bands such as O-Town and LFO, was accused of running one of the largest and longest-running Ponzi schemes in history, leaving more than $300 million (£240 million) in debts.
After being apprehended, Pearlman pleaded guilty to conspiracy, money laundering, and making false statements, and in 2008, he was convicted and sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. He served eight years before dying of heart failure in 2016.
His career highs and lows feature in new documentary The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story, which *NSYNC star Lance Bass co-produced.
After investigating Pearlman’s life for the film, Bass confessed he had sympathy for the troubled music mogul.
“I have forgiven him. I have no ill will feelings towards him,” he recently told TMZ, while opening up about his reasons for making the documentary with director Aaron Kunkel.
“The reason that I do my docs (documentaries) is to give victims a voice. We’re in an age where we all need to be speaking our truth and I think these films are perfect for these people to say their piece and victims get their voice. We all need to be listening right now,” Bass added.
The documentary features in-depth interviews with Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean, O-Town’s Ashley Parker Angel, Aaron Carter, and *NSYNC bandmates JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick.