Danny Devito Set to Direct a Crazy Eddie Biopic
by Alex Billington
March 11, 2009
Believe it or not, there really was a real life salesman named Crazy Eddie. And interesting enough, Danny DeVito is set to direct a biopic about his life. Known as Eddie Antar, he became a pioneer in discount consumer electronics in the Northeastern United States in the 1970s, eventually expanding to 43 stores. However, Eddie had been skimming money and falsifying inventory to inflate stock value. He lost his company in a hostile takeover, then was charged by the SEC for stock fraud in 1987. He fled to Israel, was later extradited, and ultimately served a prison sentence until 1999 and was ordered to pay $150 million.
Antar's real life story is already exciting enough that they won't have to tweak much to make it work for the big screen. Writing the screenplay is Peter Steinfeld, of Drowning Mona, Analyze That, Be Cool, and 21 most recently. DeVito has directed a few biopics before, like Hoffa in 1992, as well as films like Throw Momma from the Train and Death to Smoochy. "He lived an outrageously spectacular life and suffered an outrageously spectacular fall," Steinfeld said of Eddie Antar. DeVito says Antar and his associates will cooperate, and he promises that the film will be an honest look at his life story. Can't wait to see this!