As reported in recent hours by Variety, Michelle Williams will play icon Pegy Lee in a biopic titled Fever which will be directed by a specialist such as Todd Haynes. MGM will handle the distribution while in production we will find Marc Platt, Reese Witherspoon, Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon.
Doug Wright ("Quills") will write the screenplay while pop star Billie Eilish would be looking for an executive producer role, along with her mother Maggie Baird and Justin Lubliner, president of Darkroom, the Eilish record label. The pop star has repeatedly mentioned Peggy Lee throughout her career as a source of inspiration, like when he told Variety in 2019: "I was used to listening to tons of old music - Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Etta James, Johnny Mathis and the like, where all the songs had the perfect compositional structure.".
Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in 1920, Peggy Lee is now widely known for the famous hit Fever, recorded in 1958. He began his professional career at just 16 and got his first hit at 22 with Somebody Else Is Taking My Place. Her career has also ranged in film where in 1955 for her performance in Pete Kelly's Blues she obtained an Oscar nomination for supporting actress; he also starred in several Disney animated films such as Lady and the Tramp. He died in 2002.
Haynes should have directed the biopic as early as 2014 when the lead part was entrusted to Reese Witherspoon and Fox 2000 was in production. The idea for the film is based primarily on a script signed by the late Nora Ephron.
Haynes specializes in biopics having directed Velvet Goldmine (an atypical tale of glam rock and figures such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop), I'm not here (dedicated to Bob Dylan); his latest work is Bad Waters with Mark Ruffalo.