Magazine article Screen International

Paramount, Amblin Finalise Leonard Bernstein Music and Rights Deal

Magazine article Screen International

Paramount, Amblin Finalise Leonard Bernstein Music and Rights Deal

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Bradley Cooper is in talks to direct, star in and produce the planned biopic.

Leonard Bernstein, Bradley Cooper

Paramount Pictures and Amblin Partners have confirmed that they have finalised a deal for music and life rights from the estate of Leonard Bernstein.

Bradley Cooper is in talks to direct, star in and produce the companies’ planned biopic of the legendary composer and conductor.

The Paramount/Amblin project is one of two Bernstein films currently in the works. The other, The American, is set to star Jake Gyllenhaal, with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing and Bron Studios financing and producing. The Bron project was being shopped to international buyers by Sierra/Affinity, and for North America by Endeavour Content, at this week’s Cannes festival.

Josh Singer has written the script for the Paramount/Amblin project, to be produced by Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Fred Berner, Amy Durning, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Kristie Macosko Krieger. …

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