The project is based on director Taylor Hackford's 1980 drama The Idolmaker, which starred Ray Sharkey as legendary music promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered talented acts such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian. The story centered on the promoter as he sets out to turn two teenage boys into the next big stars. Edward Di Lorenzo wrote the script for the original film, but it isn't known if a writer is attached to the remake yet.
We first reported on this project back in February 2011, as one of several movies MGM was planning on remaking, which included Robocop, Mr. Mom and Poltergeist. In May 2011, we reported that Ryan Gosling had been attached to star and make his directorial debut. He is no longer involved with the project.