Meek biopic inherits Jordan funding


LONDON -- The long-gestating biopic of eccentric British record producer and 1960s music pioneer Joe Meek started spinning Monday after securing backing from flamboyant self-made multimillionaire and soccer chairman Simon Jordan.

Jordan, famous in the U.K. for his extravagant hairstyles and chairmanship of Crystal Palace Football Club, has decided to pump an undisclosed amount of cash into the low-budget movie, which will mark the directorial debut of actor-writer Nick Moran.

The flamboyant soccer chairman, who made millions after selling a cell phone biz in the late 1990s, is no stranger to the project, having bankrolled a West End stage play that starred Con O'Neill as Meek.

O'Neill has signed on to portray Meek in the big screen version co-written by Moran and James Hicks. The film details the tragi-comic story of Meek, who produced No. 1 hits before murdering his landlady and turning the gun on himself in 1967.

The ensemble cast also includes Kevin Spacey, JJ Field, Tom Burke and James Corden.

Alongside Jordan, "Telestar" is being produced by Adam Bohling and David Reid, whose credits include "Layer Cake."

Said Jordoan: "Having financed the West End stage play and seen the rollercoaster of emotions this story evokes, coupled with the exceptional performances, making this movie for me was a must."

It shoots for six weeks in London.