Martin Scorsese Developing Byron Janis Biopic at Paramount (EXCLUSIVE)

Martin Scorsese Developing Byron Janis Biopic
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Paramount is developing a biopic based on the life of classical pianist Byron Janis with Martin Scorsese producing, Variety has learned exclusively.

The studio has bought a pitch from Peter Glanz, who is writing the script. The project is based on Janis’ book “Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal.”

Janis has been widely honored for his extensive repertoire, which includes Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, with a special affinity for the music of 19th century composer Frederic Chopin. He discovered two previously unknown Chopin manuscripts in 1967.

He was student of Vladimir Horowitz and was selected in 1960 by the U.S. to perform in the Soviet Union, representing the start of a successful cultural  exchange between the Cold War adversaries.

Scorsese has been working on the historical drama “Silence” with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver starring. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo, follows 17th century Portuguese Jesuits persecuted during their mission to Japan.

Paramount released Scorsese’s three most recent films: “The Wolf of Wall Street,”  “Hugo” and “Shutter Island.” It has not set a release date for “Silence.”

Glanz set up the project “Race to the South Pole,” based on the attempts by Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen to arrive first at the South Pole, at the Ben Affleck-Matt Damon production banner Pearl Street. He made his directorial debut on the comedy “The Longest Week,” starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde.

Glanz is repped by ICM Partners and Mosaic. His attorney is Adam Kaller at the Hansen Jacobson firm.

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  1. Scorsese, like most Americans, have no appreciation of great European music. They are hostile to it.
    Its a public for little pop songs and heavy metal as is the UK, because that dumbs the public down.
    Byron Janis is a very minor figure as virtuosos go, an admirable teacher, I’m sure. No Richter or Gilels he.
    Devotees of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Ravel etc., will not be impressed.
    So why? Is it a directive from the administration?
    Are the Chinese still making the Westerners look idiotic?

    • Gerald Brennan says:

      Janis is hardly a minor figure. May not make a great film, but your estimation of him as an artist is not shared by many connoisseurs in this area, and is unnecessarily mean-spirited. He’ll be around long after you and your anti-American bigotry are gone.

  2. caz says:

    Snore. Put me to sleep bore festival. What type of studio head would green-light such a film as this?
    I’ll rather chew on razor blades then sit through classical pianist. Take Scorsese out of the equation and this script would be dumped in the reject bin where it belongs!

    • cadavra says:

      The kind of studio head who thinks he should occasionally make a film for intelligent people to go along with all the idiotic explosion/robot/alien/superhero movies that flood theatres these days.

      • cadavra says:

        Wow, I really feel sorry for you, leading such an empty, soulless life that you not only can’t appreciate things of beauty but have to vent your spleen on those who do.

      • caz says:

        Any you will be the only one in the cinema watching this self-indulgent film. Scorsese wanking festival proclaiming himself as a great artist with a film for stuck up snobs!

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