Al Pacino 'to star in Phil Spector film'

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Pacino signed on to the film because he saw 'a very interesting character to play'

Hollywood actor Al Pacino is to play Phil Spector in a film about the jailed music producer, according to reports.

The New York Times said the Oscar-winner had signed on to the film which is being written and directed by playwright David Mamet.

HBO said the untitled film was still in the early stages of development.

Spector is currently serving 19 years to life in prison for second-degree murder over the death of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

Pacino's agent told The New York Times his client became interested in the film because he saw "a very interesting character to play".

Barry Levinson, who won an Oscar for directing Rain Man, will serve as executive producer.

Famous for creating the Wall of Sound production technique in the 1960s, the music mogul was known for his eccentric personality and trademark wigs.

He produced more than 25 Top 40 hits between 1960 - 1965 alone and worked with the likes of Tina Tuner, The Beatles and the Righteous Brothers.

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