Martin Scorsese is set to produce a new biopic based on the life of classical pianist Byron Janis for Paramount Pictures. Peter Glanz pitched the project and will pen the script basd on Janis’ book “Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal”.
A student of Vladimir Horowitz and selected in 1960 by the U.S. to perform in the Soviet Union, he represented the start of a successful cultural exchange between the Cold War adversaries. His extensive repertoire included Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.
Scorsese also says he anticipates his involvement in the day-to-day running of his new HBO drama “Vinyl” will be more hands-on than it was on his previous effort with the network – “Boardwalk Empire”. Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this week via THR, he talked about helming the two-hour pilot and hopes to direct several more episodes as well as stay involved as much as he can:
“I’ve already in the first season been even more involved in these episodes and all stages of production. I’ll continue working with the music. This is something that’s very natural to me – and very close to my heart. I hope I can work out the time to direct a few more.”