Discovery+ series The Curse Of The Chippendales explores the deadly story of the male dance troupe


It’s a sordid tale of business, jealousy, and murder for hire and all revolving around male strippers.

And now the story of the Chippendales will be the focus of a true crime series for Discovery+ as well as a mini series starring Kumail Nanjiani for Hulu.

Discovery+’s The Curse Of The Chippendales promises to reveal ‘the dark side of a risqué world’, using video and photo archives as well as never-before-seen footage. according to Deadline.com.

Discovery+ true crime series The Curse Of The Chippendales promises to reveal ‘the dark side of a risqué world’, using video and photo archives as well as never-before-seen footage to tell the murderous history of the famous exotic male dance troupe (pictured 2002)

A show description put out by the streaming service reads: ‘Their brand became a multi-million-dollar global venture, successful beyond their wildest dreams. But of three unlikely dreamers who were there at the beginning, only one would make it out alive.’

The exotic male dance troupe was created in Los Angeles in 1979 by Indian immigrant Steve Banerjee.

Bombay-born Banerjee moved to Southern California where he purchased a struggling LA club and started offering female mud wrestling and male exotic dancers.

His ‘women only’ nights proved a huge hit and in 1979, the Chippendales were born. 

Bombay-born Steve Banerjee moved to Southern California where he purchased a struggling LA club and started offering female mud wrestling and male exotic dancers. His 'women only' nights proved a huge hit and in 1979, the Chippendales were born

Bombay-born Steve Banerjee moved to Southern California where he purchased a struggling LA club and started offering female mud wrestling and male exotic dancers. His ‘women only’ nights proved a huge hit and in 1979, the Chippendales were born

Banerjee’s business partner Paul Snider was married to pinup model and actress Dorothy Stratten and she suggested the male dancers wear collars and cuffs. 

Banerjee also teamed with producer Nick Denoia who recruited the male dancers, did the choreography and produced the touring live shows.

The venture started raking in millions of dollars a year with tours in the USA and Europe through the 1980s.

However, tragedy also followed. 

Banerjee's business partner Paul Snider was married to pinup model and actress Dorothy Stratten and she was the one who suggested the male dancers wear collars and cuffs

Banerjee’s business partner Paul Snider was married to pinup model and actress Dorothy Stratten and she was the one who suggested the male dancers wear collars and cuffs

Stratten was a pinup model who'd been featured in Playboy and she suggested the male dancers wear collars and cuffs. In 1980, Snider, 29, murdered Stratton, 20, after she left him for director Peter Bogdanovich, and then killed himself

Stratten was a pinup model who’d been featured in Playboy and she suggested the male dancers wear collars and cuffs. In 1980, Snider, 29, murdered Stratton, 20, after she left him for director Peter Bogdanovich, and then killed himself

In 1980, Snider, 29, raped and murdered Stratton, 20, after she left him for director Peter Bogdanovich, and then killed himself.

In April, 1987, Denoia was shot and killed at his office in Manhattan.

Six years later, in 1993, after a FBI undercover sting, Banerjee was arrested and charged with hiring a hitman to kill Denoia.

He pleaded guilty but the night before his sentencing, he hanged himself in his jail cell.

PBanerjee also teamed with producer Nick Denoia who recruited the male dancers, did the choreography and produced the touring live shows, The venture started raking in millions of dollars a year with tours in the USA and Europe (Denoia is pictured with wife Jennifer O'Neil)

PBanerjee also teamed with producer Nick Denoia who recruited the male dancers, did the choreography and produced the touring live shows, The venture started raking in millions of dollars a year with tours in the USA and Europe (Denoia is pictured with wife Jennifer O’Neil)

n April 1987, Denoia was shot and killed at his office in Manhattan, New York, Six years later, in 1993, Banerjee was arrested and charged with hiring a hitman to murder Denoia. He pleaded guilty but the night before his sentencing, he hanged himself in his jail cell

n April 1987, Denoia was shot and killed at his office in Manhattan, New York, Six years later, in 1993, Banerjee was arrested and charged with hiring a hitman to murder Denoia. He pleaded guilty but the night before his sentencing, he hanged himself in his jail cell

Last October, it had been reported that actor Dev Patel was attached to star in a movie about The Chippendales with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie at the helm.

Now it seems the proposed movie will instead become a limited series at streamer Hulu with The Big Sick’s  Kumail Nanjiani as Banerjee.

Called Immigrant, the eight episodes will be written by The series is written by Robert Siegel and executive produced by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon.  

Last October, it was reported that actor Dev Patel, left, was attached to star in a movie about The Chippendales with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie at the helm

Now it seems the proposed movie will instead become a limited series at streamer Hulu starring The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani, right, as Banerjee

Last October, it was reported that actor Dev Patel, left, was attached to star in a movie about The Chippendales with I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie at the helm. Now it seems the proposed movie will instead become a limited series at streamer Hulu starring The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani, right, as Banerjee.



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