Barry Jenkins Set to Direct Fox Searchlight’s Alvin Ailey Biopic

IndieWire | 6/4/2019 | Staff
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Oscar winner Barry Jenkins is preparing his return to the big screen after last year’s “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Deadline reports that the “Moonlight” and “Medicine for Melancholy” filmmaker has been set to direct Fox Searchlight’s currently untitled film based on the life of celebrated choreographer Alvin Ailey.

The outlet reports that the speciality hub of Fox struck a deal with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater just last year, “which granted full cooperation from the organization that controls the rights to Ailey’s choreography.” The package also includes the rights to Jennifer Dunning’s biography “Alvin Ailey: A Life In Dance.” Searchlight and the film’s producers will reportedly work closely with Artistic Director Robert Battle and Artistic Director Emerita, Judith Jamison, “to bring Ailey’s story and choreography to the screen.”

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Rising screenwriter Julian Breece will write the script for the film. The “Buppies” creator most recently wrote the first two episodes of Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five miniseries “When They See Us,” which hit Netlix just last week. Judy Kinberg, Adele Romanski, Rachel Cohen, and Alicia Keys are producing the feature. Jenkins will be executive producer alongside Jana Edelbaum and Susan Lewis.

Ailey, who passed away in 1989, was a celebrated African-American choreographer...
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