Martin Scorsese is producing a biopic based on the life of classical pianist Byron Janis. Paramount bought a pitch from Peter Glanz, who is writing the script based on Janis’ book Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal.
Janis has been widely honored for his extensive repertoire. A student of Vladimir Horowitz, Janis was selected in 1960 by the U.S. to perform in the Soviet Union, representing the start of a successful cultural exchange between the Cold War adversaries. Janis has a special affinity for the music of 19th century composer Frederic Chopin, and he discovered two previously unknown Chopin manuscripts in 1967.
Scorsese’s three most recent films, The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo, and Shutter Island, were all released by Paramount. He is currently working on the historical drama Silence, based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo, which follows 17th century Portuguese Jesuits persecuted during their mission to Japan. The film stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver. No release date has been set for Silence.
Glanz is also scripting Race to the South Pole, based on the attempts by Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen to arrive first at the South Pole. The project is set up at Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer