Fact: Actor Charlie Hunnam is reportedly in talks to step into movie legend Steve McQueen's shoes for a remake of Papillon. The Sons of Anarchy star is being courted to play a man unjustly convicted of murder planning his escape from an island prison. MCQueen played the role alongside Dustin Hoffman in director Franklin J. Schaffner's acclaimed 1973 film. Danish filmmaker Michael Noer is attached to direct the remake, according to Deadline.com. The film is slated to begin shooting in autumn (16).
Fact: Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave made Oscars history on Sunday night (02Mar14) when it became the first film by a black director to win the Best Picture honour in 86 years.
Fact: Steve McQueen continued his winning streak as his harrowing slavery drama 12 Years A Slave made history at the 14th Annual Black Reel Awards on 13 February (14). The film nabbed eight prizes, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), and MCQueen claimed the Outstanding Director prize. The film's impressive haul was one trophy more than the previous record-holder, Precious, which won seven awards in 2010.
Fact: Stars including Keira Knightley, Uma Thurman, Naomie Harris, Steve McQueen and Steve Coogan turned out for movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's special dinner for British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominees in London on Friday night (14Feb14) ahead of the prizegiving on Sunday (16Feb14).
Quote: "We got drunk and had a good laugh. We just immediately bonded. I just love him. You know when you've got someone and they understand you and you understand them? It's like love - you don't choose it. Someone comes into that world with you and you each raise your game. It's wonderful. It's a rare thing." Director Steve McQueen has a deep appreciation for the personal and professional relationship he shares with Michael Fassbender. The pair first met when MCQueen hired the actor to star in 2011 drama Hunger and their latest collaboration, 12 Years A Slave, has garnered nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
Fact: British moviemaker Steve McQueen will receive the Director of the Year honour at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival in California. MCQueen will be presented with his award on 4 January (14). Other honourees include Sandra Bullock, Matthew MCConaughey and Bruce Dern.
Fact: 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen is teaming up with rap mogul Russell Simmons for his Tv directorial debut. The filmmaker is working with the Def Jam Recordings co-founder to develop an untitled drama about an African-American man trying to enter into New York's high society.
Fact: British filmmaker Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave is set to get its American debut at the New York Film Festival in October (13). The movie, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Paul Dano and Alfre Woodard, will be screened on 8 October (13).
Quote: "I think he's an icon. I've seen quite a few of his movies and I just thought he would be a really interesting guy to explore... He was a walking dichotomy: the most stingy and frugal person, and then the most giving. And his upbringing was interesting." Jeremy Renner on preparing to play movie icon Steve McQueen.
Fact: DAME Judi Dench and late Hollywood legend Steve McQueen's wife Barbara are backing a British campaign to ban smoking in cars. Officials at the British Lung Foundation are calling for new regulations in Wales to outlaw tobacco smoking in private vehicles when children are present.
Fact: The watch worn by movie icon Steve McQueen in 1971 action film LE MANS is expected to fetch $22,500 (£15,000) when it goes under the hammer in New York next month June (09). The late star gave the Tag Heuer piece to his financial adviser in the 1970s as thanks for sorting his accounts.
Quote: "I always remember how he screeched up on his 500cc Triumph (motorbike) and looked me straight in the eyes before saying, 'Hey DICkie, wanna go for a ride?' Steve was a speed freak and although the events cemented our friendship, the 15 minutes on that bike are the worst I can remember." SIR Richard Attenborough on his friendship with late actor Steve McQueen.
Quote: "It was pretty intense! It was pretty heady!" Actress Faye Dunaway remembers working with late stars Steve McQueen and Paul Newman fondly. The trio starred together in 1974's THE TOWERING INFERNO.
Fact: Steve McQueen and Sam Elliott were honoured at the 46th annual Western Heritage Awards on Saturday (21Apr07) when both actors were inducted into the Hall Of Great Western Performers in Oklahoma.
Fact: Late GREAT ESCAPE star and motorbike enthusiast Steve McQueen has been voted the most iconic biker of all time in a new British poll.
Quote: "When I look at his pictures today, now I'm 53 years old, I wouldn't marry him. At least not based on looks." Steve McQueen's widow BARBARA admits the screen legend's looks weren't a turn on for her.