*Alicia Keys is among several producers behind a new biopic of Alvin Ailey, the groundbreaking figure in American culture and one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century.
Fox Searchlight has closed a deal to develop a film based on Ailey’s life and work. The project is fully supported by the Ailey organization, which controls the rights to Ailey’s choreography.
Fox Searchlight and the producers will be working closely with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Robert Battle and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison, to bring Ailey’s story and choreography to the screen.
Singer-songwriter Keys is producing with Susan Lewis through her AK Worldwide production company along with Judy Kinberg, Rachel Cohen, and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners..
Keys and company have also secured the rights to Jennifer Dunning’s seminal biography Alvin Ailey: A Life In Dance.