‘Watchmen’ Producer Stephen Williams to Direct ‘Black Mozart’ Biopic at Searchlight

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“Watchmen” govt producer Stephen Williams is ready to direct the biopic “Chevalier de Saint-Georges” in regards to the lifetime of an 18th-century French composer who historical past has dubbed “Black Mozart” The undertaking will probably be arrange at Searchlight Pictures, a person with data of the undertaking informed TheWrap.

Stefani Robinson, an Emmy-nominated author on “Atlanta,” will write the screenplay for the biopic about de Saint-Georges, which can inform the story of the primary identified composer of classical music from African descent. Though he was born the illegitimate son of a slave and a French plantation proprietor, he rose in society and have become a famend violin soloist, in addition to a champion fencer.

Searchlight will finance and distribute the movie. SVP of manufacturing DanTram Nguyen, director of manufacturing Zahra Phillips, and supervisor Cornelia Burleigh, will oversee for the studio.

Williams is a two-time Emmy-nominee for “Lost” and has additionally directed episodes of “Westworld” and “The Walking Dead.” He directed his debut movie “Soul Survivor” in 1995 earlier than primarily turning to tv.

In addition to her work on “Atlanta,” Robinson is an govt producer and author on the FX collection “What We Do within the Shadows” and has an general deal on the cable community. She will return to “What We Do within the Shadows” Season three and the fourth season of FX’s “Fargo.”

WME’s Meyash Prabhu and supervisor Ken Stovitz negotiated the deal on behalf of Williams.

Robinson is represented by Dianne McGunigle of MGMT Entertainment, Sean Barclay at Gersh, and Lev Ginsburg of Ginsburg Daniels LLP.

Variety first reported the information of the undertaking.

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Lee Daniels, “Precious” (2009) • Eighteen years handed earlier than a second African American filmmaker was acknowledged: Lee Daniels, for his gritty portrait of a younger girl searching for to beat a childhood of poverty and abuse. In one other Oscar first, Kathryn Bigelow turned the primary feminine director to win the Oscar, for “The Hurt Locker.”

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