Here's a mildly interesting news item to get you through the next 10 minutes: according to Variety, Netflix has snagged Bradley Cooper's forthcoming biopic of Leonard Bernstein, and they've got Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips and like five other people onboard to produce. Cooper will co-write, direct and star as the late composer, in his first directorial effort since 2018's award-winning A Star Is Born.
Are we dying for a Leonard Bernstein biopic? No, not really. Are we intrigued at the level of talent this project has attracted? Most definitely. It's particularly interesting to see Spielberg hopping onboard this one, though not terribly surprising given Bernstein's connection to West Side Story, the remake of which Spielberg just finished filming (it'll be along this December).
Anyhoo, that's all the news for now. No word on who'll co-star with Cooper or when this thing might actually arrive (we're guessing Netflix might be a bit more forthcoming with that information than usual on this one, what with its obvious awards aspirations), but we'll keep you informed as further updates roll in. Stay tuned.
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