Netflix is getting a Bradley Cooper-directed film! The streaming service has landed Cooper’s upcoming drama about the life of Leonard Bernstein.
The biopic will tell the story of the legendary conductor behind “West Side Story” and “Candide,” reported Deadline.
This film was initially set up at Paramount. It has several well-known producers on board including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Todd Phillips.
Deadline reported that the film is expected to begin production early next year. Netflix will promote the film much like it did for “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story,” and “The Two Popes" by giving it a "significant theatrical release," Deadline reports.
“Bradley’s directorial debut was nothing short of brilliant and he quickly cemented himself as a serious filmmaker,” Netflix Head of Film Scott Stuber said. “His strong passion and clear vision for bringing to life the relationship between the iconic composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre promises to do their lives justice as only this renowned filmmaking team can. We are honored to be working with the Bernsteins to share their family’s story with audiences everywhere.”
While Paramount will no longer be involved, the studio started working on the film when Cooper and filmmakers obtained the rights from the Leonard Bernstein estate.
Cooper has been working alongside Bernstein’s children, Jamie, Alexander and Nina for the past several years.
The film focuses on the relationship between Bernstein and Chilean-born actress Montealegre.