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Would you like to see George playing John Delorean in a film?

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George as John DeLorean?

Post by Katiedot on Tue Dec 07 2010, 02:57

From Forbes

George Clooney Possible for John DeLorean Role
Dec. 6 2010

By HANNAH ELLIOTT

Would George Clooney make a good John DeLorean?

Stephen Wynne, the head of DeLorean Motor Company, thinks so. He says Clooney is the first choice for the role in a planned biopic about DeLorean, a disgruntled GM executive who left in a blaze of glory to make his own car company.

According to Wynne, the David Permut-produced film would chronicle DeLorean’s work at General Motors (he developed the Pontiac GTO and Firebird) and his creation of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 featured in the “Back to the Future” movies. Presumably it would also show DeLorean’s 1982 drug-trafficking arrest and the eventual downfall of his company. (DeLorean was found not guilty of the charges because they were the result of entrapment by federal agents.)


Granted, there’s been talk about doing a DeLorean movie since 1997, but there’s no doubt the DeLorean name has raised its profile in pop culture within in the past year. Besides the Nike 6.0 Dunk SE DeLorean sneakers (they sold out online in 5 minutes) and the newest DeLorean Hot Wheels going on sale just after Christmas, a DeLorean-centric video game from Microsoft and major music video by a “nostalgic rap group” are set for next year.

“We’ve got a dynamite brand here,” DeLorean told me, adding that he has “tremendous interest” from several other large companies about partnership agreements. “Obviously the movies have done the brand and the car a tremendous about of visibility, but it’s gone beyond that. Now it’s sort of this iconic ’80s-type stuff. It’s basically the one thing that hasn’t been mucked about with or changed.”

Indeed. Did you know that anyone can walk into one of DeLorean Motor Company’s franchises (Amsterdam; Chicago; Houston; Seattle; Garden Grove, Calif.; Bonita Springs, Fla.) and order a DeLorean built exactly like the original? DMC sells about six of the V6 gullwing coupes a year for anywhere between $57,000 to $70,000 with options; it sells roughly 30 pre-owned versions a year, most of them for less than $40,000.

Typical buyers tend more to the geek side than the car-guy side, Wynne says. They want a toy rather than a serious car, and the DeLorean packs just enough nostalgia to seal the deal.

So, what’s it like to drive? It’s not exactly a hot rod.

“The original design was a grand touring sports car, so you’re not going to be doing burnouts or anything like that,” Wynne says. “It’s a more adult sports car in that you can get in it, you can drive it in traffic.”

You’re at least guaranteed never to be lonely when you drive it. There are only 6,000 of them left worldwide, with two-thirds of those in the states.

“They’re an attention grabber,” Wynne says. “Every time you pull into a gas station or a 7-11, people come up and want to talk to you. It’s not a car that when you pull into valet parking there’s going to be another one there.”


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Re: George as John DeLorean?

Post by Merlin on Wed Dec 15 2010, 20:45

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Sorry Everyone, George Clooney Won't Be In The DeLorean Biopic

The rumor that hit yesterday about George Clooney possibly starring in a biopic about car manufacturer John DeLorean always seemed a little fishy, and now we know not to put any faith in it at all-- The Playlist got in touch with Clooney's rep, who told them simply, "He has no involvement. The story is not true. He knows nothing about this."

Things only get more confusing when you consider that three are three separate DeLorean biopics in the works right now, one from producer David Tobak, another produced by Brett Ratner, and another put together by DeLorean's children. Clooney was rumored for the Permut project, which also has James Toback on board as a screenwriter and has been around longer than most of the others. It would have been a good sign to get Clooney on board to star, since starpower goes a long way in getting a film made, but now all things seem to be equal between the three projects. Hopefully one of them will break out of the pack soon enough so we can stop reporting on all three and just focus on a single movie that's actually getting made.

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Re: George as John DeLorean?

Post by sisieq on Thu Dec 16 2010, 02:24

Not making fun of George, but how talk was DeLorean? Sorry, don't have time now to research, but wanted to post the comment in case I forgot later on.

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Re: George as John DeLorean?

Post by melbert on Thu Dec 16 2010, 03:28

Sisieq, I think you meant "tall", but I couldn't find anything about his height. I think, remembering interviews with him, that he was tall and slender built.

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