Hollywood will celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with not one but two movies.
During the Cannes Film Festival, it was announced that Bradley Cooper will star in and direct a biopic based on the famed conductor-composer entitled “Bernstein.” The film was written by Josh Singer, who wrote the Oscar-nominated film “The Post” and Paramount Pictures and Amblin Entertainment will co-finance the film with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Fred Berner, Amy Durning, and Kristie Macosko Krieger producing. Paramount and Amblin are finalizing a deal with the Bernstein estate for music and life rights which should be done shortly.
In the meantime, Cary Fukunaga and Jake Gyllenhaal will team up for another biopic about the composer entitled “The American.” Gyllenhaal will produce and star while Fukunaga will direct.
The opera world has been celebrating the composer throughout presenting concerts of his work. Company’s such as the Lyric Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glimmerglass Festival, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, and La Opera have presented such works as “Trouble in Tahiti,” “West Side Story” and “Candide.”