Gene Simmons is making good his promise on moving into movie production with the announcement that he plans to make a movie about Buddah Records founder Neil Bogart.|
Bogart, who died in 1983 of cancer, was also the founder of Casablanca Records, the label that signed Kiss. In fact, Kiss were the first acted signed to Casablanca.
Simmons told the New York Daily News "He was the first grownup who said to me that I was capable of a lot more in my life than just drooling blood and sticking out my tongue onstage". He said Bogart didn't get Kiss at all but gambled on their passion.
Bogart is credited with commercializing the bubble-gum craze of the late 60's, signing bands like the 1910 Fruitgum Company and Ohio Express to Buddah. Their hits included "Yummy Yummy Yummy I Got Love In My Tummy" and "Simon Says".
On Casablanca, Bogart was a fore founder of the disco boom, signing the first Diva of Disco, Donna Summer to the label. Her first hit was the 16 minute dance orgasm "Love To Love You Baby".
Simmons says he would like Mike Myers or Kevin Spacey to play Bogart in the movie.