Earlier in the week Star Trek’s new Spock made it clear that although he is coming back for the next Trek, he wants to branch out into non genre work. And according to a new report, one of those projects may be starring in a Steven Spielberg-directed biopic about famed composer George Gershwin. More details below
Quinto as Gershwin
The new report comes from Deadline Hollywood. Although not yet confirmed (or debunked) by any sources, DH has a good track record. According to their article a Gershwin biopic is one of three projects Steven Spielberg is considering to be his next directorial work (after recently dropping out of the remake of Harvey). DH reports that Zachary Quinto "is at the center" of the Gershwin film. DreamWorks picked up the Gershwin screenplay by Doug Wright (Memoirs of Geisha) last October, but at the time there was no indication Spielberg would be anything more than a producer.
Variety has this synopsis for the film:
Story will span Gershwin’s life, from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn as the child of Russian immigrants to his early death in Hollywood in 1937 at age 38. During his career, he wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows with his older brother Ira Gershwin. George Gershwin’s music, which spanned popular and classical genres, continues to be used regularly in commercials, TV and films. His "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris" remain among the most recognizable musical works throughout the world. Gershwin’s life story has spawned a number of books as well as the 1945 Warner Bros. pic "Rhapsody in Blue."
Quinto may be going from Vulcan to Broadway in new Spielberg Gershwin biopic
According to Deadline Hollywood the Gershwin film could be filming "as soon as April", with DreamWorks ready with “accent and dialogue coaches”. However, April may conflict with Quinto’s plans. Earlier in the week, Quinto revealed his production company will be shooting an indie film (Margin Call) this spring. Quinto is producing and has a small part in Margin Call.
For now this should be treated as a rumor. Quinto has not yet replied to these latest reports via his website or via Twitter. Spielberg projects seem to be announced and de-announced all the time. But this does appear to be the kind of thing that Quinto is looking for to round out his genre-heavy public image with Heroes and Star Trek.
If the project goes forward it wont be the first biopic of Gershwin. That would be the 1945 film Rhapsody in Blue, starring Robert Alda as George Gershwin (watch trailer at TCM.com). For more on George Gershwin see his Wiki Page and Official Site.