Sony Pictures Entertainment has set “The Motorcycle Diaries” scribe Jose Rivera to adapt “Compositions in Black and White,” the Kathryn Talalay book that’s being developed as a star vehicle for singer Alicia Keys.
Marc Platt is producing with Halle Berry and Vincent Cirrincione.
Keys is attached to play Philippa Schuyler, a woman who grew up a child prodigy, the first child of color to become a nationally prominent musician. Schuyler was composing music by the age of 5, but racial and gender bias prevalent in the 1930s proved a crushing burden for her.
Berry and Cirrincione, who produced “Lackawanna Blues,” brought the book to “Legally Blonde” producer Platt. Columbia Pictures execs Doug Belgrad and Ange Gianetti will steer the pic.
Berry is not slated to act in the film, and the Sony deal was made before her abrupt exit from the William Morris Agency.