The upcoming LOU PEARLMAN LIMITED SERIES, depicting the life and downfall of the infamous music mogul, has found its titular Pearlman: British actor Toby Jones. Pearlman was best known for creating and managing boy bands such as the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, before he was sent to prison for conning investors.
Magnet Management and Condé Nast are co-producing the series, The Tracking Board exclusively revealed in August, which is based on an article published in The New Yorker, “We Live in the Pop-Culture World That Lou Pearlman Created.” The article, written by John Seabrook, chronicles Pearlman’s transition from a businessman in the blimp industry to starting a new enterprise in Orlando in which he ended up putting together new musical talent, some of whom achieved international fame. Eventually, his rising success combined with his fraudulent business practices landed him in prison with a 25-year sentence. The judge offered to “reduce his sentence by one month for every million he paid back,” but Pearlman died before the end of his sentence.
The rights to the article were secured by Jon Kanak and Mitch Solomon of Magnet and Jonathan Koa of Condé Nast. Nast is the parent company of The New Yorker.
A network has not been chosen for the series, as it remains in competitive bidding. However, the rise in popularity of limited series on television, such as American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, it’s not hard to imagine several networks will be clamoring for this project.
Jones is a prolific and renowned actor, having appeared in films such as Finding Neverland, Frost/Nixon, the first two Captain America films, and Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy. He most recently appeared in the period film Anthropoid and will soon be seen in the fourth season of the BBC series Sherlock, as well as The Coldest City with Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor