Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland Biopic in the Works from New Line


A biopic of the American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland is on the way today as Deadline reports that New Line Cinema has secured rights to the dancer’s autobiography, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Dancer. Released earlier this year, the book is officially described as follows:

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history as the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a groundbreaking ballerina.

When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culminating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are set to produce through Offspring Entertainment alongside Phil Sandhaus. Andrea Johnston and Dave Neustadter will executive produce.

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