Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins has his next project lined up. Jenkins, who directed Moonlight, is working on a feature film about the life and career of choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, which is untitled, will also have the assistance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which controls the rights to Ailey’s choreography, THR reported.
Jenkins will direct from a script by Julian Breece, who recently worked on Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series When They See Us.
Pastel, Jenkins’ production banner, will produce alongside AK Worldwide Media and iDeal Partners. Judy Kinberg, Adele Romanski, Rachel Cohen and Alicia Keysare producing, with Jenkins, Jana Edelbaum and Susan Lewis executive producing.
In addition to big Hollywood names, the movie will have serious dance cred. Not only is it is being made in full cooperation with the Ailey company, producers are working closely with both Battle and artistic director emerita Judith Jamison to tell Ailey’s story—and bring his choreography to life. Which hopefully means we’ll get to see some gorgeous Ailey dancers doing their thing onscreen.
A real icon
Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and bringing African-Americans to the fore front of the dance in the 20th century.
He died from complications of AIDS/HIV in 1989; later, President Barack Obama awarded him with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. He formed his own dance group, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958 which was inspired by his mentor Lester Horton.