Nelson George is already working on a feature documentary on Misty Copeland – the first black woman in two decades to be a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, who, just 8 months after suffering a nearly career-ending injury, recently starred in the New York Met’s production of the swashbuckling adventure, “Le Corsaire.”
In addition to George’s doc, a scripted feature film on Copeland’s life just may be coming to a theater near you in the future. Specifically, New Line Cinema has optioned the film rights to Copeland’s memoir “Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” which recounts her early struggles as a young dancer living in a welfare motel with her family. The book provides an insider’s look at the cutthroat world of professional ballet, telling a moving story of dreams and perseverance.
Among her many accolades, Copeland has also positioned herself as an advocate for opening up ballet to youth of color, and, we could say, is a representation of the future of ballet in America: inclusive and elastic.
George raised over $40,000 last fall, to be used in production of his upcoming documentary.
Stephanie Allain (also director of the Los Angeles Film Festival) and Lenore Kletter will adapt the book.
Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce the film for Offspring Entertainment, alongside Phil Sandhaus.