Martin Scorsese is in the very early stages of developing a biopic of classical pianist Byron Janis at Paramount. EW has confirmed a Variety report that Peter Glanz (The Longest Week) is penning the script based off Janis’ 2010 autobiography, Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal.
The 87-year-old Janis made his orchestral debut at 15 and was ultimately chosen to study with legendary Russian-American pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Janis even played in the Soviet Union in 1960 as a part of a cultural exchange at the height of the Cold War. As his memoir’s title indicates, Janis is particularly known for playing the works of 19th century composer Frédéric Chopin.
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The 73-year-old Scorsese is keeping busy. He’s executive producing HBO’ ’70s rock drama, Vinyl, and wrapping his Far East historical feature, Silence, starring Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, and Andrew Garfield.
Scorsese has always been drawn to the world of music, beginning with his work on the 1970 Woodstock documentary. He also directed several notable music projects, including The Last Waltz in 1976 and Shine a Light in 2008. He and Spotlight screenwriter Josh Singer are currently developing a biopic on composer Leonard Bernstein.