Sony Footage Classics has acquired Benjamin Millepied’s debut function movie “Carmen,” a modern-day reimagining of one of many world’s most celebrated operas that will likely be headlined by “Fifty Shades” star Jamie Dornan and Melissa Barrera, and produced by thriving French producer Dimitri Rassam (“Playmobil”).
SPC has acquired rights to the undertaking for North America, Latin America, Scandinavia, Japanese Europe, CIS, and the Center East. TF1 Studio has come on board to deal with the remaining territories and will likely be kicking off pre-sales at Cannes. The film will begin taking pictures in October in L.A.
Millepied has assembled a robust inventive group, together with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (“Anna In The Tropics”) who’s at the moment finalizing the taking pictures draft and Oscar-nominated music composer Nicholas Britell (“Moonlight,” “Vice”) who will compose an unique rating.
“Carmen” may even boast function new songs by Britell and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas.
Barrera, a Mexican-born rising star, will play the titular position of Carmen. Barrera is at the moment starring in Common’s movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Within the Heights.” Dornan, who’s about to star in John Patrick Shanley’s “Wild Mountain Thyme,” will co-star as Aidan.
“’Carmen’ is the opera of my childhood. Rising up, it was an ever-present a part of my musical beginnings. It has impressed me drastically as an artist,” mentioned Millepied, a former principal dancer from the New York Metropolis Ballet who choreographed Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.”
Dimitri Rassam’s Chapter 2 is financing and producing “Carmen,” along with Mimi Valdès (“Hidden Figures”) and co-producers Marvelous Productions.
Barrera is repped by UTA, Cross Over Leisure, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Dornan is repped by UTA, Troika and Sloane, Supply and Weber & Dern.
“For a few years, I’ve been enthusiastic about creating a movie musical, and ‘Carmen’ presents an extremely thrilling alternative for exploring dance and music onscreen,” Millepied mentioned.