Alvin Ailey Biopic Coming From ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins

/Film | 6/3/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Barry Jenkins is ready for his If Beale Street Could Talk follow-up. The acclaimed filmmaker will helm a biopic of Alvin Ailey, the African-American choreographer and activist who helped popularize modern dance. Fox Searchlight will distribute, so I hope that means they’ll use their sweet Disney money to properly promote the film and get bigger audiences to see it – something that didn’t happen with the incredible Beale Street.

The Wrap is reporting the news about the Alvin Ailey biopic from Barry Jenkins and Fox Searchlight. Searchlight closed a deal with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which controls the rights to Ailey’s choreography. The deal also included the rights to Alvin Ailey: A Life In Dance by Jennifer Dunning. Here’s the synopsis of that book:

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Alvin Ailey (1931–1989) was a choreographic giant in the modern dance world and a champion of African-American talent and culture. His interracial Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater provided opportunities to black dancers and choreographers when no one else would. His acclaimed “Revelations” remains one of the most performed modern dance pieces in the twentieth century. But he led a tortured life, filled with insecurity and self-loathing. Raised in poverty in rural Texas by his single mother, he managed to find success early in his career, but by the 1970s his creativity...
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