EXCLUSIVE: The rise, fall and rise of famous shoe designer and entrepreneur Steve Madden will be the subject of a television series. Michael Rapaport (Atypical) will play Madden in the project, produced by Meryl Poster’s Superb Entertainment.
Superb’s Poster and Kara Feifer have opted for the rights to produce a TV series based on Madden’s life, which is detailed in her 2020 memoir, The Cobbler: How I disrupted an industry, fell from grace and came back stronger than ever. The search for a writer is currently underway.
A dropout who fell in love with the shoes while working at a mom and pop shoe store in his hometown of Long Island, Madden took his business, which makes his eponymous shoe brand, from the young $ 1,100 to a global juggernaut.
Madden’s complicated story also includes a criminal conviction and jail time after his financial affairs got mixed up with the Stratton Oakmont brokerage house, co-founded by Madden’s childhood friend Danny Porush. This part of Madden’s life and career was portrayed in Martin Scorsese The wolf of Wall Street, with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort and Jonah Hill as Danny Porush. Madden was played in the movie by Jake Hoffman.
After his release from prison in 2005, Madden returned to his business as chief creative and design officer and helped rebuild it to its current value of over $ 3 billion. In her personal life, Madden is a recovering addict and someone who has learned to manage ADHD throughout her career. He is also the father of three children whom he shares with his ex-wife.
“From the first time I met Steve, I knew I wanted to tell his story,” Poster said. “Welcoming my friend and longtime collaborator Michael Rapaport on board is as exciting and perfect as it gets.”
Rapaport, who just signed to join Amy Schumer in her Hulu series Life and Beth, stars like Doug Gardner in Atypical, whose fourth and final season will be released on Netflix this year. He also returned to Showtime Famous white. His recent feature film credits include Conflict and Blackjack: The Jackie Ryan Story. Rapaport produced When the Garden of Eden for ESPN’s 30 for 30 as well as the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest for Sony Classics, which earned him a PGA Award. It is replaced by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
On television, the most executive poster produced the long series of Bravo Girlfriends Guide to Divorce.