Despite the rumors of a rift – Netflix and Steven Spielberg are joining forces. Spielberg, along with Martin Scorsese, Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips will produce a Leonard Bernstein biopic for the streaming giant. Bradley Cooper will star as the legendary composer.
Netflix will make the film with a enviable roster of top producers: Martin Scorsese , Steven Spielberg , Cooper and his Joint Effort producing partner (and Joker director) Todd Phillips , Kristie Macosko Krieger, The Irishman and Joker double Oscar-nominated producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff , and Fred Berner and Amy Durning . The latter duo shepherded this project in various iterations over a decade.
Scorsese several years ago intended to direct a Bernstein film at Paramount when Singer was the sole scribe, but stepped aside to make way for Cooper as he put his time into directing Best Picture nominee The Irishman. Spielberg just shot a remake of West Side Story, using Bernstein’s music from the original film that was the late composer’s most famous movie credit. The deal allows Netflix a chance to be in business with Spielberg.
The Bernstein film is expected to begin production early next year. Netflix will give it a significant theatrical release before the film premieres on its streaming site, just as it did for Scorsese on The Irishman, as well as Marriage Story, The Two Popes and several other awards season contenders
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