Netflix has acquired the rights to Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein film, which the actor will star in, direct, and produce.
The untitled film will be based on a script Cooper co-wrote with Josh Singer, the writer of the Oscar-winning Spotlight. The film, which was previously supposed to be released by Paramount, will tell the story of the marriage between Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre.
The streaming giant already has a top-notch set of producers on board for the film, including Martin Scorses, Steven Spielberg, and Joker’s Todd Phillips. The Bernstein film is expected to start production early next year, and there will be a theatrical release before the film premiers on the site.
Scott Stuber, Netflix’s Head of Film, said about Cooper directing this film, “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.”
The film is a follow-up to Cooper’s Oscar-nominated debut A Star Is Born.