Producers Mike Medavoy and Bobby Geisler are developing a contemporary film reboot of George and Ira Gershwin’s famed opera “Porgy and Bess.”
Working with the Gershwin family and the estate of lyricist DuBose Heyward, those involved seem keen on delivering a fresh version of the classic 1935 work. The film will include the famous music from the production, such as the song “Summertime”.
A writer and director is currently being sought. Otto Preminger helmed a 1959 film version starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge, a version the Gershwin estate was disappointed with.