"Crazy Eddie" Movie Likely Off
A planned Hollywood movie about disgraced 1970s CE king "Crazy" Eddie Antar has apparently fallen apart over a rights fee issue.
According to the movie news website Deadline.com the film, which actor Danny DeVito was to produce and direct, has hit a snag. The filmmakers obtained the rights to Antar's life story, but a group of investors who claim they were bilked by Antar threated to place a lien on the movie if Antar in any way profited from it.
DeVito and his partners have "cut ties" with Antar, who is now in his 70s, and hope to resurrect the project, which was first announced a year ago.
Antar, who founded the 43-store chain on the East Coast in the 1970s and produced iconic TV commercials, did a six-year prison stretch and paid $150 million in fines after he was caught skimming money and falsifying inventory.