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Misty Copeland biopic: Remember the Titans writer to adapt

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Remember the Titans writer Gregory Allen Howard is taking on a different kind of sport for his next movie: He’s set to adapt an upcoming biopic based on Misty Copeland‘s best-selling 2014 autobiography, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. 

New Line Cinema previously acquired rights to the book, which follows Copeland’s journey to becoming the first African-American woman promoted to principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, one of the world’s leading ballet companies.

The biopic, which doesn’t yet have a release date, will be the second film made about Copeland: In 2015, director Nelson George released A Ballerina’s Tale, a documentary following Copeland’s historic rise in the ballet world, to mixed reviews. More recently, a Misty Copeland Barbie hit shelves in May as part of Mattel’s Sheroes program. The dolls sold out almost immediately.