Chippendales: The Movie, ladies! It's time to learn how muscular hunks dressed like Snagglepuss somehow became a big thing in stripping and calendar-making for sad women for a while, then suddenly stopped being a thing. And it turns out it's more interesting than you'd think. From Variety:
Tony Scott has become attached to direct a film about the rise and fall of Steve Banerjee, the man responsible for creating Chippendales, who was consumed by excess and competition when the male strip clubs became a phenomenon in the 1980s.
With a tone similar to the Scott-directed "True Romance," pic will follow the improbable rise and fall of Banerjee, who went from pumping gas in Culver City to running a high-end nightclub that evolved into Chippendales. After hiring a New York choreographer to polish the all-male dance troupe, Banerjee became wildly rich, as well as unreasonably competitive and paranoid. Banerjee hired a hitman to murder the choreographer when negotiations went sour. After being arrested, Banerjee died in jail awaiting trial.
Wow, murder was involved in the fall of Chippendales? I'd always assumed it was somehow related to that SNL sketch with Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze. Or just people finally realizing that men dancing in portions of tuxedos is disgusting.