Terrill spent ten years researching for this book, which traces the life of the actor from the beginning to the success of Hollywood and the death, at the age of 50, in Mexico, on November 7, 1980.
McQueen was nicknamed “King of Cool.”
He has starred in successful films such as “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Great Escape”, “The Sand Pebbles”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Bullitt”, “The Getaway”, “Papillon” and “The Towering Inferno”.
Over the years, Terrill’s book has attracted the attention of several directors. Among them: James Gray and Steven Soderbergh. And some actors like Ryan Gosling, Jeremy Renner, and Channing Tatum.
The feature film prepared by Wonderfilm will be produced by Jeff Bowler, Bret Saxon, and Dan Grodnik, and Terrill will be an executive producer and consultant. Mitchell Welch will also be an executive producer.
The biographical film will also sketch McQueen’s unlikely intersection with Charles Manson. “When I learned from Marshall’s incredibly documented book that McQueen should have been at Sharon Tate’s house the night Manson committed the crimes, I was immediately caught up in the story,” Bowler said.
According to the book, Manson would have sent a script to McQueen, who refused him, so the actor was first on Manson’s sect’s murder list. This fact was admitted by Susan Atkins, a member of the sect, during her incarceration.
Wonderfilm Media acquired the rights to the “Steve McQueen: The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon” biography, written by Marshall Terrill and released in 2010, Wonderfilm fully funds the project.